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Wilton House looking East from the Garden showing the Palladian Bridge and Salisbury Cathedral (Wilton House, South View, showing the Palladian Bridge and Salisbury Cathedral)
Collection of the Earl of Pembroke, Wilton House, Wilts. / The Bridgeman Art Library
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Wilton House looking East from the Garden showing the Palladian Bridge and Salisbury Cathedral (Wilton House, South View, showing the Palladian Bridge and Salisbury Cathedral)
c.1758-60 (undated)
Oil on canvas
100.3 x 146.1 cm
39 1/4 x 57 11/16 in.
85
P77
To the left is the east end of the south front of Wilton, designed by Inigo Jones after the fire of between 1637 and completed in 1654. To the right is the Palladian Bridge, built in 1736 by Henry, 9th Earl of Pembroke and Roger Morris. In the distance are the loggia and the spires of Salisbury Cathedral.
BI 1814 (172/176, 194/198 or 196/200, as View at Wilton/View of Wilton House); Birmingham 1948-49 (49); London 1949 (48)
Painted for Henry, 10th Earl of Pembroke; thence by descent
Signed on the tree at right: RW [monogram, the R reversed]
The ground is light with pinkish additions in parts, for example at the centre of the distant hill. The cedar tree is very blue - perhaps painted wet on wet. The dark storm clouds upper left are fussy and the strong rays of light descending from the sky in the centre are uncharacteristic of Wilson.
D350/2 Study for Wilton House looking East, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Leonora Gurley Memorial Collection (1922.1681V)
One of a set of five views of Wilton, painted for Henry, 10th Earl of Pembroke
The architecture is Canalettesque but stiff
WGC, pp. 88, 189, pl. 59a; S. Pembroke, A Catalogue of the Paintings and Drawings in the Collection at Wilton House, Salisbury, Wiltshire, 1968, p. 35-36, cat. 85, pl. 23; Solkin 1978, p. 406, fig. 1; J. Harris, The Artist and the Country House, London 1979, p. 276, pl. 298c
The figures on the lawn are playing bowls and the man leaning against the tree at the right is probably keeping the score.
Relined on two canvases. Cleaned and repaired in 1935. Paint very thin in the house and lake, possibly due to overcleaning in the past. Some discoloured retouching in the reflection below the house. Foreground group of three figures are quite solidly painted and there is evidence of pentimenti around the head of the seated artist and the lady with the parasol. The bridge looks rather dark, possibly strengthened.