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The Broken Bridge at Narni
Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage)
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Broken Bridge at Narni
Oil on canvas
40 x 70 cm
15 3/4 x 27 9/16 in.
Lady Beryl Gilbert, Revesby Abbey, Lincolnshire; Christie's 8 February 1918 (152), bt Agnew; 1924 sold to Arthur Meyer; 1975, bt by Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
E72/27 Thomas Hastings Untitled (Landscape Capriccio on the Via Aemilia), The British Museum (1854,0708.84) and other impressions
This is closely related to Claude Lorrain's Landscape with the Flight into Egypt, 1663, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, in Wilson's day at the Palazzo Colonna, Rome
A strong visual message of the work is the history of declining ancient civilisation and its potential application to eighteenth-century Britain.
WGC, pl. 90a