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Italian Sketchbook - Drawings 29(v) and 30(r)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Italian Sketchbook - Drawings 29(v) and 30(r)
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 sheet)
B1977.14.359 v29 & r30
D280/29
A view across both sheets showing, through woodland, Lake Albano and buildings on the distant shore
Oldfield Bowles; given to Sir George Beaumont, 1784; thence by descent until 1963, when sold to Paul Mellon
29(v) inscribed in black chalk, lower left: Alban Lake from Marino. [sic]
Lake Albano is a volcanic crater lake in the Alban Hills of Lazio, near Monte Cavo, about 20 km (13 miles) south-east of Rome. Marino is one of the towns which make up the Castelli Romani, 16 communes situated nearby in the hills. The buildings faintly indicated in the distance are the monastery of Palazzola.
D314 Monte Cavo in the Alban Hills, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California
This plein-air study was probably used in the composition of D314 Monte Cavo in the Alban Hills, executed in 1754 for Lord Darmouth.
Object ID: 6363
Sutton & Clements 1968, vol. 1, pp. 28-29; vol. 2, p. 49
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).