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Italian Sketchbook - Drawings pp. 15(v) and 16(r)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Italian Sketchbook - Drawings pp. 15(v) and 16(r)
Graphite with black and white 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 v15 & r16
15(v) is blank
16(r) depicts a full-length partly-draped female figure in high relief against a cornice
Oldfield Bowles; given to Sir George Beaumont, 1784; thence by descent until 1963, when sold to Paul Mellon
16(r) inscribed in black chalk upper right: in the Capital [sic]
The Hadrianeum, dedicated by Antonius Pius in 145 AD ws a temple which deified Hadrian and included reliefs of 29 provinces and trophies. This one is usually identified as Egypt on account of the drapery, knotted at the waist.
16(r): Clements noted that this is one of the reliefs from the Hadrianeum, part of the north east side of which is still standing in the Piazza di Pietra. It is now in the courtyard of the Palazzo dei Conservatori and was probably there when Wilson drew it, hence the inscription.
Object ID: 6363
Sutton & Clements 1968, vol. 1, pp. 14-15; vol. 2, p. 35
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).