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Study for Landscape, Destruction of Niobe's Children
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Ascribed to Wilson
Study for Landscape, Destruction of Niobe's Children
c.1760-65 (undated)
Oil and bodycolour on paper
413 x 515 mm
16 1/4 x 20 1/4 in.
P.15-1915
D369
London, Cardiff and New Haven, 1982-83 (86)
Perhaps Paul Sandby sale, Christie's 4 May 1811 (80 - A drawing, the effect of a storm: it was from this sketch Mr. Wilson took the idea of painting his celebrated picture of the Niobe); bt 'C' 13 guineas; [...] given to the Museum by Henry J. Pfungst, FSA., 1915
Unsigned; no inscription
P90B The Destruction of Niobe's Children, ex-National Gallery; destroyed 1944
Perhaps a preliminary study for P90B The Destruction of Niobe's Children, ex-National Gallery; destroyed 1944. Solkin notes, however, that Wilson is not known to have produced any comparable large sketches in colour for the landscape backgrounds of his subject-pictures, or any works in this medium. There are thus considerable grounds for doubt as to the authorship of the present work, whose freedom of handling might support the function of a preliminary study and whose differences of detail from P90B argue against its being a copy.
Whitley 1800-1820, p. 152; Borenius 1944, p. 212; WGC, p. 163; M. Hardie, Watercolour Paintings in Britain, 1966, vol. 1, p. 74 & pl. 45; Solkin 1982, p. 200
22/12/2016