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Study for 'Cicero and his Friends'
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Study for 'Cicero and his Friends'
c.1769-70 (undated)
Black, white and brightly coloured chalks on greyish paper
205 x 236 mm
8 x 9 1/4 in.
WA1855.145
D371
Chambers Hall Gift, 1855
Unsigned; no inscription
The use of colour is unusual and delicate. It is a pity that the surface is rubbed.
[1] Lower left corner: Chambers Hall (Lugt 551)
D178 Arpinum, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
E45 William Woollett after Wilson, Cicero at his Villa, The British Museum and other impressions
P162 Cicero and his two Friends, Atticus and Quintus, at his Villa at Arpinum, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
P162A Cicero with his Friend Atticus and Brother Quintus at his Villa at Arpinum, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
P162B Cicero, Atticus and Quintus at his Villa at Arpinum, Private Collection, London
Apparently a preparatory drawing for P162 and P162A
1902
WGC, p. 169, pl. 27c; Solkin 1978, p. 410, pl. 26a; Brown 1982, pp. 665-66, no. 1902
From the evidence of the hats, there are two figures in modern dress, with backs to the spectator, looking out across the water.
26/08/2016