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Extensive Landscape with Lake and Cottages (An Extensive Landscape with Cottages near a Lake)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Extensive Landscape with Lake and Cottages (An Extensive Landscape with Cottages near a Lake)
c.1744-5 (undated)
Oil on canvas
81.3 x 124.8 cm
32 x 49 1/8 in.
99.4
P11
London, Cardiff and New Haven, 1982-83 (6)
The executors of Captain R.S. de Q. Quincey; purchased 1999 with funds from the state of North Carolina, by exchange and the North Carolina State Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest), in memory of Richard S. Schneiderman, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art (1986-1993)
First published by David Solkin in 1982, this unidentified view of a pastoral paradise shows, as David Solkin noted, the artist at his most rococo and in the formative stages of his career as a landscapist. The pale pastel tints and rich variations in surface textures are directly comparable with his early essays in landscape, P10 Westminster Bridge under Construction , Tate, London and P12 Caernarvon Castle, Detroit Institute of Arts.
Solkin 1982, pp. 148