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Ponte Alpino built by Hannibal
Tate, London 2014
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Ponte Alpino built by Hannibal
c.1751 (undated)
Black chalk and stump on laid paper
287 x 217 mm
11 5/16 x 8 9/16 in.
London, Cardiff and New Haven, 1982-83 (17)
William Lock of Norbury; his sale, Sotheby's, London 3-7 May 1821; Ford family; A.P. Oppé; purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Inscribed by Wilson in chalk, lower centre: Ponte Alpino, built by Hannibal
D39 Ponte delle Torri, seen through an Arch, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven (B1977.14.6061)
David Solkin has commented that if this drawing records an actual place in the Alps, Wilson must have executed it prior to his arrival in Venice in late 1750. However, the composition and to some extent the handling are close to D39 Ponte delle Torri, seen through an Arch, identified in 1981 as a scene near Spoleto. In that case the date of execution would be 1751-52, when Wilson was travelling from Venice to Rome in the company of William Lock, the first owner of the drawing.
Ford 1951 (pl. 9); Solkin 1982, p. 155
Some faint brown spotting upper centre