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Still-Life with Flask
The Trustees of the British Museum
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Still-Life with Flask
c.1751-52 (undated)
Black chalk and stump on rough-grained paper
214 x 176 mm
8 1/2 x 7 in.
A wicker-covered flask stands on a table at the left, casting a shadow onto the wall on the right
London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1916 (6); London 1925 (76); Manchester 1925 (41); Ipswich 1927 (107 - Still Life); London 1934 (1102); Paris 1938 (254); Birmingham 1948-49 (122); London 1949 (121); Arts Council 1951 (211); BM 1969 (109); Kenwood 1974 (50); London, Cardiff and New Haven, 1982-83 (25)
4th Earl of Warwick; Herbert Horne; Sir Edward Marsh, 1904; bequeathed through the National Art Collections Fund, 1953
Signed lower centre: R W.
[1] Lower right corner: Earl of Warwick (Lugt 2600)
D69 Chair and Sword Hilt, National Galleries of Scotland (D 4663)
Of Wilson's several drawings of still-life, this is by far the most complex. Such drawings seem to have been undertaken as studies in the play of light and shadow, probably as a result of working by candlelight, emphasised here by the contrast between his narrow hatchings and extensive use of stump. As noted by Solkin, the result is a subtle flow of chiaroscuro, quite unlike the far more schematic tonal contrasts that mark his early sketches from nature.
851/13 (39)
Ipswich 1927, p. 68; Vasari Society, 2nd series, part XIV, 1933, p. 7, no. 2; Commemorative Catalogue 1934 (580); Ford 1951, p. 55, pl. 23; Solkin 1982, p. 159
Vasari Society, 2nd series, part XIV, no. 2