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Italian Sketchbook - Drawings 28(v) and 29(r)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Italian Sketchbook - Drawings 28(v) and 29(r)
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 v28 & r29
28(v): Blank
29(r): Study of a large hollow tree, with a seated artist and travelling friar standing in the lower left corner and woodland beyond
Oldfield Bowles; given to Sir George Beaumont, 1784; thence by descent until 1963, when sold to Paul Mellon
Unsigned; no inscription
D280/5 Italian Sketchbook - Drawing 6(r)
D245 The Arbra Sacra on the Banks of Lake Nemi
One of a number of tree studies Wilson made in Italy, e.g. D245 The Arbra Sacra on the Banks of Lake Nemi. Figures drawing make fairly frequent appearances in Wilson's landscapes and that is what the artist here seems to be doing (rather than painting), though it is tempting to construe the prominent stick in the foreground as a mahlstick temporarily put aside. The tree may be the same as that in D280/5 but imagined on a different scale.
Object ID: 6363
Sutton & Clements 1968, vol. 1, pp. 27-28; vol. 2, p. 49; Solkin 1982
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).