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Ariccia - I (La Riccia, near Albano, Italy)
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Ariccia - I (La Riccia, near Albano, Italy)
c.1752-56 (undated)
Oil on canvas
53 x 80.9 cm
20 7/8 x 31 7/8 in.
Gloucester 2014 (unnumbered)
E.H. Robson; Stanley Marling
The effect is dark overall, with a dull varnish. There is a pink ground under the sky, which is empty apart from the clouds.
Located between the lakes of Nemi and Albano on the Via Appia Nuova, southeast of Rome, Ariccia was celebrated for its groves, thought to have been the hunting-grounds of the goddess Diana. The area was a haunt of Gaspard Dughet.
D326 Ariccia near Rome, The British Museum (1881,0212.24)
D224 View at Ariccia, near Albano, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
D282 A Church at Ariccia, Private Collection, England and other versions
E72/11 Thomas Hastings after Wilson, View of Lareci near Rome, The British Museum (1854,0708.68) and other impressions
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Differs in detail from P46 the Tate version and has three figures in the foreground right, approximating it to the P46A version.The figures are roughly painted but the distance is sensitive and specific. Constable described this painting as a somewhat heavy-handed repetition.
WGC, p. 193, pl. 67b (2)
The middle figure just inside the cave is wearing a brimmed hat and receiving something from the outside figure. They may be being depicted as children.
Gilded classical frame is damaged, especially in the upper left corner. Kate Lowry has noted: Paint film covered by a thick discoloured varnish layer and surface dirt. UV examination shows some retouching over varnish along lower edge. A pink ground is visible beneath the sky tone and around foliage. Foreground figures are poor quality even for Wilson, but distant monastery and foliage are good.