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Gradara
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Gradara
1751 (undated)
Black chalk
132 x 185 mm
5 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.
Private Collection, England
RF69
D49
Exeter 1946 (40)
William Lock; his sale, Sotheby's 3 May 1821; Marianne Ford; thence by descent
Inscribed in Wilson's hand at upper right: Gradara
Gradara is a walled hill-town in the region of the Marche in north-central Italy. Located 25 km from Rimini and 13 km from Pesaro it was a crossroads of traffic and people. The castle is renowned as the setting for the tragic episode of the lovers, Paolo and Francesca, described by Dante in Canto V of the Inferno of his Divina Commedia.
This drawing was one of a number made on the journey from Venice to Rome which Wilson undertook in the company of William Lock of Norbury.
Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 70, RF69