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Wilton House from the South East (Wilton House, South East View across the River Nadder)
Collection of the Earl of Pembroke, Wilton House, Wilts.
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Wilton House from the South East (Wilton House, South East View across the River Nadder)
c.1758-60 (undated)
Oil on canvas
33.5 x 52.7 cm
13 1/4 x 20 3/4 in.
On a warm summer evening in the middle distance across the River Nadder are the house and the Palladian Bridge, built in 1736 by Henry, 9th Earl of Pembroke, 'the architect Earl'. By the river bank in the foreground is a group of three figures, one of whom is drawing. Further left near two large trees, are two other men, lying and sitting on the ground, gazing into the water. In the distance three figures are silhouetted on the right side of the Palladian Bridge.
London 1949 (not in catalogue); London 1998-99 (34)
Commissioned by Henry, 10th Earl of Pembroke, 1758-60; formerly at Mount Merrrion, near Dublin; acquisition unrecorded at Wilton
Unsigned; no inscription
There is some evidence of a different ground at the top of the picture, suggesting that the canvas may have been re-used from an earlier composition.
[1] Title label on frame, centre
[2] Small label lower left: 192
D352 Wilton House from the South East, Leeds Museums and Galleries
W. Watts, Seats of the Nobility and Gentry, published 20 May 1786, pl. LXXXII
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One of a set of five views of Wilton painted for Henry, 10th Earl of Pembroke
An oil-sketch, very freely painted and probably preparatory to P76 (also in the collection at Wilton House), from which it differs mainly in the left foreground trees and in omitting the figure at the left and the umbrella held by the central figure. The building at left behind the island may be a boat house and the brown shape in front of it was perhaps intended as a cow standing in the water. The lighting of the evening sky is fresh, with beautiful impasto edging to the clouds.
N.R. Wilkinson, Wilton House Pictures 1907, vol. 2, pp. 361-62, cat. 192; WGC, pp. 87-88, 189, pl. 58b, version 1; S. Pembroke, A Catalogue of the Paintings and Drawings in the Collection at Wilton House, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 1968, p. 35, cat. 84
Wilton House, Wiltshire, England
Cleaned in 1935. Relined 2006 by Richard Watkiss. Much of the paint was flattened in the relining, especially the dark band at the bottom, which also shows extensive cracking.
Kate Lowry has noted:
Oil on canvas, glue relined and stretched onto a new stretcher, probably in 20th century. Original stretcher bars were 40mm wide, judging by the stretcher bar crack towards top edge. Original turnover missing at top edge and included in the composition down right hand edge. Where canvas edge has been cut along top turnover dark paint is visible beneath the blue of the sky suggesting it was painted over an earlier composition. Elsewhere ground appears to be pale grey. Edges of cloud masses have strong impasto. Extensive drying crackle in darks of foreground. In sound condition and recently cleaned.