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Italian Sketchbook - Drawings 22(v) and 23(r)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Italian Sketchbook - Drawings 22(v) and 23(r)
1754
Black chalk 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 v22 & r23
D280/22
An outline drawing over two pages of a landscape with a square crenellated tower in a wooded valley with figures
Oldfield Bowles; given to Sir George Beaumont, 1784; thence by descent until 1963, when sold to Paul Mellon
Unsigned; no inscription
A group of figures summarily indicated on the extreme left seem to be carrying something long - perhaps a tree trunk. Clements noted that the site might be near Marino as a similarly crenellated tower occurs in a gouache showing the town by Giovanni Battista Busiri which in 1968 was in the R.W. Ketton-Cramer collecftion, and which she reproduces (Fig. 48).
Object ID: 6363
Sutton & Clements 1968, vol. 1, pp. 21-22; vol. 2, p. 41
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).
15/07/2016