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The Unransomed (The Murder)
Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Unransomed (The Murder)
c.1752-56 (undated)
Oil on canvas
99.1 x 127 cm
39 x 50 in.
A rocky waterfall with bandits and other figures in the foreground; a bandit threatening a half-clothed young woman with a sword as she kneels by a dead body. In the left distance is a bridge.
Orrock-Linton sale, Christie's 25-27 April 1895 (323 A Rocky Landscape with a waterfall and banditti in the foreground) bt in; James Orrock, Christie's 4 June 1904 (146) bt Boswell (144 Destruction of Niobe's Children; sale 6 June 1958 (172) bt in
D173 Study for the Murder, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
D322 Landscape with Banditti: The Murder, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
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Similar in theme and invarious details to P50A The Murder Private Collection, England, but larger and with differences in the figures and settings. Together the pictures may represent a third stage in the design for P163 Meleager and Atlanta, Tate, London.
Waterhouse 1953, p. 176; WGC, pp. 91, 158, pl. 14b
Kate Lowry has noted:
Oil on canvas, relined. Not signed or dated. Possibly a dark coloured ground. Drying cracks throughout especially in left hand tree trunks. Poor condition and rather dark in tone.