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Study for The Wilderness in St James's Park (Stream and Willows)
The Trustees of the British Museum
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Study for The Wilderness in St James's Park (Stream and Willows)
c.1770 (undated)
Black chalk and stump, touched with white, on lilac-buff paper
211 x 350 mm
8 1/4 x 13 3/4 in.
A stream winds into the right foreground, with pollarded willows and other trees on either bank and a cottage behind.
Bremen Kunsthalle, Retour à la Nature, November 1977 - January 1978 (214)
Donated by John Deffett Francis, 1881
Unsigned; no inscription
Verso invisible - paper laid down
D372 Woodland Scene , Tate, London
P182 Wilderness in St James's Park Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
P182A View of the Wilderness in St James's Park, Private Collection, England
David Solkin has commented that by blending chalk contours with extensive areas of stump and occasional touches of white, Wilson has succeeded in creating a broad flow of chiaroscuro that envelops all particular details. There is a strong imprint from the Netherlandish tradition notably the woodland interiors and chalk landscapes of Anthonie Waterloo (1609-90) and possibly Gainsborough in this late drawing.
Binyon 9; Solkin 1978, p. 410, pl. 26b
Some creasing and badly rubbed