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Two Peasants under a Tree
Tate, London 2014
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Two Peasants under a Tree
c.1751 (undated)
Black chalk and stump with white highlights on cream prepared laid paper, inlaid onto thin cream card
273 x 204 mm
10 11/16 x 8 1/16 in.
Purchased as part of Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, 1996
Unsigned; no inscription
[1] Lower centre in old pencil: Wilson [/] Mr Lock's Sale May 1821
The figures are not peasants but pilgrims, as indicated by their staffs and the gourd at the waist of the foremost one.
Perhaps a quick sketch made while on his travels with William Lock.
Some brown discolouration verso