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A Fisherman's Dwelling
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
A Fisherman's Dwelling
c.1751 (undated)
Black chalk on laid paper
156 x 216 mm
6 1/8 x 8 1/2 in.
Private Collection, England
RF61
D36
In the left foreground is a tree festooned with a fishing net, behind which is a house. To the right a man holding a staff stands on a rock, a woman and child are ween beyond to his left and a fourth figure appears inthe door of the house.
Exeter 1946 (54 - Landscape); London, Cardiff and New Haven, 1982-83 (14); Gainsborough'as House 2014 (unnumbered)
William Lock; his sale, Sotheby's 3 May 1821; Marianne Ford; thence by descent
Signed lower left: R.W.f.
Probably a rococo invention rather than a topographical view
D29 A Rocky Landscape, Private Collection, England
D336 Fishermen on a Rock in a River, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Probably executed in Venice or shortly afterwards during Wilson's journey to Rome (1751-52). The paper bears the top half of an Italian 1747 watermark. The lower half appears in D29 A Rocky Landscape, Private Collection, England. Wilson's style of monogram signature is used on a number of drawings from early in his career, some of them depicting imaginary subjects.
W.A. Churchill, Watermarks in Paper in the XVII and XVIII Centuries, Amsterdam, 1935, no. 262; Ford 1951, p. 52, pl. 4; Solkin 1982, p. 154; Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 69, RF61
15/11/2018