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The Outskirts of Rome under Snow
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Outskirts of Rome under Snow
Dated 1756
Black and white chalk and stump on faded grey-green paper
174 x 192 mm
6 7/8 x 7 9/16 in.
WA1855.146
D341
A wintry scene. In the foreground is a road leading back between a house with figures in a porch on the right and trees, some bare, on the left. A heavily muffled man and a child walk towards the lower left and another figure with a staff follows them further back. In the distance are open country and mountains. The composition is enclosed by two black chalk lines.
Kenwood 1974 (25)
Chambers Hall Gift, 1855
[1] Signed in black chalk at lower left corner beneath the ruled line: R W f.
[2] Inscribed and dated in black chalk, lower right: Romae 1756
Stump work can be seen in the trees and windows
[1] Recto lower left corner: Chambers Hall (Lugt 551)
[2] Recto lower left corner: Oxford University Galleries (Lugt 2003)
Highly atmospheric, perfectly recreating the desolation of winter in a poverty-stricken area outside Rome, this drawing provides evidence of Wilson's presence in Rome during the first or last months of 1756.
1900
WGC, p. 38; Brown 1982, pp. 664-65, no. 1900
Mounted with D377 Study of a Hill Crest and Clouds
The discolouration of the grey paper in some places to a brownish grey may well result from the application of a wash to heighten the impression of a dark sky.