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Arpinum
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Arpinum
c.1769? (undated)
Black and white chalk on pale brown paper
291 x 408 mm
11 7/16 x 16 1/16 in.
WA.RS.REF.118
D178
A river with a boat on it runs through the foreground, turning away at the left. From the right a tributary leads in, crossed by a bridge and flowing into a low weir at the centre middle distance. On the right bank stands a group of tall trees and across the river on the left are wooded hills with a mountain rising behind. In the centre foreground is a group of three figures, one seated and another gesticulating towards the boat.
Paul Sandby; John Ruskin; Ruskin Collection, Reference Series 118
Faintly inscribed right lower corner, perhaps by Paul Sandby: Arpinum
There may be touches of sepia wash in places
[1] Lower left corner: Paul Sandby (Lugt 2112)
The Volscian hill town of Arpinum lies in the province of Frosinone, 70 miles south-east of Rome. It was quite possibly visited by Wilson on his way from Rome to Naples. Marcus Tullius Cicero was born on 3 January 106 BC at the family home just outside Arpinum.
D371 Study for 'Cicero and his Friends', Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
P162 Cicero and his two Friends, Atticus and Quintus, at his Villa at Arpinum, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
P162A Cicero with his Friend Atticus and Brother Quintus at his Villa at Arpinum, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
P162B Cicero, Atticus and Quintus at his Villa at Arpinum, Private Collection, London
This drawing may be linked with Wilson's paintings of Cicero and his friends at Arpinum (see 'Related Paintings'). However the inscribed identification of the location may be a later one, perhaps even by Sandby.
1903
Cook & Wedderburn, vol. 21, 1906, pp. 38 & 288; Solkin 1978, pp. 409-10, pl. 25b; Brown 1982, pp. 666-67, no. 1903
The sheet is torn and repaired at the lower left corner and at the centre of the left margin.