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Italian Sketchbook - Drawings 32(v) and inside back cover
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Italian Sketchbook - Drawings 32(v) and inside back cover
1754
Black chalk on medium, rough, blued white wove paper, bound in vellum
281 x 210 mm (each sheet)
11 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (each hseet)
B1977.14.359 v32 & ibc
D280/32
32(v): Blank
Inside back cover: No image but written details of Wilson's name and address
Oldfield Bowles; given to Sir George Beaumont, 1784; thence by descent until 1963, when sold to Paul Mellon
Inside back cover inscribed in black chalk across upper section: Questo Libro e de Monsû Wilson a la / Caffé delli Inglesi nella Piazza di Spagnia / Roma.
D279 Trinità dei Monti, Rome, The Courtauld Gallery, London
The inscription refers to the English Coffee House, situated on the Piazza di Spagna, which served as a gathering-place for the British community in Rome. For the first part of his lengthy stay there, Wilson resided on the Piazza and apparently adopted the cafe itself as his headquarters. For a likely view from his lodgings see D279.
Object ID: 6363
Sutton & Clements 1968, vol. 1, pp. 32-33; vol. 2, p. 25
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).
09/09/2016