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Italian Sketchbook - Drawings pp. 18(v) and 19(r)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Italian Sketchbook - Drawings pp. 18(v) and 19(r)
1754
Graphite with black and white chalk and stump on medium, rough, blued white wove paper
281 x 210 mm (each sheet)
11 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (each sheet)
B1977.14.359 v18 & r19
D280/18
18(v) is blank
19(r) is a study of an antique armless, partly-draped 3/4-length sculpted torso seen frontally against shadow
Oldfield Bowles; given to Sir George Beaumont, 1784; thence by descent until 1963, when sold to Paul Mellon
Unsigned; no inscription
D280/14 Italian Sketchbook p. 15(r)
Clements noted that the sculpture bears some resemblance to the badly damaged torso of Menelaus, now known as Pasquino, at the corner of Palazzo Braschi, Rome - a Roman copy of a Hellenistic original. The same piece seen from another angle appears on p. 15(r) of this sketchbook (D280/14)
Object ID: 6363
Sutton & Clements 1968, vol. 1, pp. 17-18; vol. 2, p. 38
Only two sketchbooks by Wilson have survived - the present one (D280-D280/33) and D53-D53/81 Studies and Designs by R. Wilson done in Rome in the Year MDCCLII, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (E.3586-1922).