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A Clown
National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
A Clown
c.1751 (undated)
Black chalk on white laid paper
230 x 144 mm
9 x 5 1/2 in.
NMW A 5758
D25
William Lock of Norbury; his sale, May 1821; Vulliamy, Glasbury-on-Wye; purchased from Russell Ward & Sons, 37 Church Street Hereford, 26 June 1958
Unsigned; inscribed on old secondary support, see 'Mount Inscriptions'
[1] Lower centre in pencil: R. Wilson / Mr Lock's Sale May 1821
Inscribed on old secondary support: 'Wilson from Mr Lock's Col'
Probably drawn at the Venice Carnival of 1751
Although the style seems surprising, doubtful and modern, the Lock provenance supports the authenticity and date of the drawing.
An old secondary support has been removed