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A Roman Altar at Palestrina
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
A Roman Altar at Palestrina
c.1752-56 (undated)
Black chalk heightened with white on brownish-grey paper
148 x 143 mm
5 3/4 x 5 1/2 in.
WA1855.134
D172
Chambers Hall Gift, 1855
Inscribed by the artist in black chalk above the lower margin: 'at Palestrina'
[1] Lower right corner: Chambers Hall (Lugt 551)
[2] Lower left corner: Oxford University Galleries (Lugt 2003)
[1] Recto upper right corner on old washline mount in reinforced brown ink: No 6
An ancient altar is shown, carved with Victories holding swags. The town of Palestrina is about 20 kms south of Tivoli.
E72/2 Hastings after Wilson, 'Near Rome, 1820, The British Museum
E72/38 Hastings after Wilson, View on the Tiber with Rome in the Distance, The British Museum
P64A A View of the Tiber with Rome in the Distance, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
P156 Near Rome, Private Collection, England
As noted by Ford, altars carved with swags appear in Wilson's paintings, such as P64A A View of the Tiber with Rome in the Distance, Yale Center for British Art and P156 Near Rome, Private Collection, England.
1898
Ford 1951, p. 53, no. 13; WGC, pp. 221-22 under pl. 113b; Brown 1982, p. 664, no. 1898; Spencer-Longhurst 2012, pp. 65, 67, fig. 37
Mounted with D19 A Sandalo, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford (WA1855.148)