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A Statue in an Amphitheatre
Tate, London 2014
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
A Statue in an Amphitheatre
c.1752-57 (undated)
Black chalk and stump over graphite on white laid paper, laid down on old cream card with washlines
173 x 235 mm
6 13/16 x 9 3/16 in.
A statue stands on a pedestal behind a section of colossal column in the foreground of a ruined amphitheatre, with foliage to the left. Tiny figures of a mother and child may be discerned in the right background while at the summit of the broken wall to their right is a cross.
William Esdaile; Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919); Paul Oppé; purchased as part of Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, 1996
Signed in graphite lower left corner: R W.f.
Inscribed in ink lower right corner: WE
[1] Recto ink lower right corner: William Esdaile (Lugt 2617)
[1] Lower left of mount, faint pencil: =/38 Esdaile's Colln
[2] Lower right of mount, faint pencil: Fairfax Murray Colln
[1] Lower centre, pen: Wilson
[2] Lower right, faint pencil: 2804 [?] OQ [?]
[3] Upper left, pencil: 2081
Some brown spotting overall