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A Sketch from Nature in Italy
City & County of Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
A Sketch from Nature in Italy
Dated verso 1752
Graphite black chalk and brown-grey wash on faded thick blue paper
242 x 364 mm
9 1/2 x 14 5/16 in.
GV DF 2067
Swansea 1999
John Deffett Francis
Unsigned; no inscription
[1] Lower right corner inverted: John Deffett Francis (Lugt )
[2] Lower right : 400 inscribed within a capital stylised C [?]
[1] Lower right corner graphite in Wilson's hand: Monday Mar 6 '52
The view may be of Tivoli from an unaccustomed angle. There has been a temporary repair to the stone bridge in the foreground.
Drawn at least in part from nature, but perhaps reinforced with wash later. The inscription verso seems to give the month as May at first reading but 6 May 1752 was a Saturday. 'Mar' is another possible reading and the 6 March that year was a Monday.
Themes and Variations 1999, p. 26 repr.
The original colour of the paper is visible on the reverse of the sheet. There are some old brown wash stains on the reverse at the lower left.