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Cattolica
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Cattolica
1751 (undated)
Black chalk
165 x 253 mm
6 1/2 x 10 in.
Private Collection, England
RF68
D48
London 1925 (77A); Exeter 1946 (41); Birmingham 1993 (56)
William Lock; his sale, Sotheby's 3 May 1821; Marianne Ford; thence by descent
Inscribed in Wilson's hand at upper left: Catolica
Inscribed in Wilson's hand below the arch on the right: Rimini
Michael Liversidge has noted that the abbreviated calligraphic mannerisms Wilson used in this and other drawings made en route from Venice to Rome are reminiscent of certain aspects of Canaletto's draughtsmanship in some of his drawings and etchings, but Wilson's handling is less resolved and he uses a different medium. The drawing style also suggests the influence of Zuccarelli's Venetian rococo forms.
Cattolica lies about ten miles south of Rimini on the Adriatic coast of Italy. Already settled in Roman times the town became important as a stopping point for pilgrims travelling from Bologna through Ancona to Rome, en route for the sanctuary of Loreto or St Peter's.
The 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.
Ford 1951, pp.18-20, 52, pl.5; Canaletto & England 1993, p. 129; Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 70, RF68
15/05/2020