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The White Monk
The Trustees of the British Museum
Thomas Hastings after Wilson
The White Monk
Published 5 November 1822
Etching on chine collé
177 x 228 mm
7 x 9 in.
1854,0708.79
E72/22
Landscape with two figures praying before a wayside cross on a rocky promontory at the left, with woods and a waterfall beside. In the right foreground two lovers sit beneath a parasol, one turning to look at a figure passing on horseback in the centre. A town is visible across the river or lake in the right background, with mountains beyond.
Bought from George Willis, Piazza, Covent Garden, 1854
Lettered below the image with the title, 'The Original is in the Possession of Lady Ford - / 23 I - long by 18 I - broad.'; production details and publication line: 'Painted by R Wilson. RA.' 'Etched by T. Hastings - and | published in London Nov 5 1822.'
Page numbered lower right: 23
D344 Banks of the Tiber 1757, Rhode Island Museum of Art, School of Design, Providence
E17 James Roberts after Wilson, The White Monk (Untitled) The British Museum
E68 Anonymous after Wilson, The White Monk (Stafford Gallery), The British Museum
E70 Samuel Middiman after Wilson, The White Monk (Untitled), The British Museum
Richard Wilson The White Monk - I, formerly Lady Vere Bidlake, Kingswood (1953) - current location unknown
From a series of forty etchings after paintings by Richard Wilson and additional title page, bound in a volume in red tooled leather with gold decorative border, lettered on the spine with 'Wilson's | Etchings | by | Hastings'; the title page lettered in black and red: 'Etchings, | from the Works | of | [ facsimile of signature below portrait] Ric. Wilson | with Some Memoirs of his Life, &c. | by Thomas Hastings, Esq. | Collector of His Majesty's Customs. | "Non Ductus Officio Sed Amore Operis." Quintillian. | Published by Hurst, Robinson & Co. Cheapside, London. | Johnson, Typ. Apollo Press, 1825. Brook Street, Holborn'; containing twenty pages of Introductory and Concluding Remarks by the etcher, including descriptions of Richard Wilson's original paintings.
The title 'The White Monk' was first linked to this composition in the lettering of Hastings's print.
PRA324441
Hastings 1825; WGC, p. 227 under pl. 122a; Yule 2015, pp. 60 & 69
George Willis was an antiquarian book dealer, who occasionally published books and prints. His firm was active from 1832-1856 and sold many prints to the British Museum. In 1856 it merged with Thomas Sotheran to become Willis & Sotheran.
09/12/2015