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Ruin in a Clearing
Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collections
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Ruin in a Clearing
Oil on canvas
122.1 x 172 cm
48 1/16 x 67 3/ 16 in.
William Duncan of Daneville, Castle Douglas, Scotland; c.1890, the Misses Duncan (his daughters); 1951, Mrs M.R.C. Gillespie of Daneville, Castle Douglas (grand-niece of the Misses Duncan); Christie's 21 November 1952 (73 -A Woody Lake Scene), bt Appleby; with Sidney F. Sabin, 4 Cork Street, London W1; purchased 19 December 1958
Signed and inscribed lower right on the stone: 'Wilson Roma 1753'
P114 Solitude, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
As noted by Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum:
' This work was painted in Italy and Wilson has captured the feeling of a classical past with the inclusion of fragments of sculpture and architecture. Typically Claudian is the framing of the middle distance with a dark foreground mass of trees and also the rustic figures, which are deliberately subordinated to the landscape.'

There are slight resemblances to certain features of drawings done at Cericcia and the tree on the left has a similar outlione to the one in Ego fui in Arcadia, 1755, which includes a view of the Tiber. However, this may merely mean that it was one of a repertory of tree forms.
WGC, p.231 pl.128b; Aberdeen Art Gallery Annual Report, 1958; Aberdeen Art Gallery Permanent Collection Catalogue, 1968, inv.no. 58.48, pl. 16; Cat.1996 inv.no. 3508
Dimensions framed: 133.8 x 182.8 x 7cm