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A Summer Evening (On the Arno) - I
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (Felton Bequest)
Richard Wilson and Studio
A Summer Evening (On the Arno) - I
Undated
Oil on canvas
47.5 x 63 cm
18 11/16 x 24 13/16 in.
480-2
P96E
Worcestershire 1882
1882 recorded at Perdiswell Park, Worcester; Shepherd Gallery, London; acquired on the advice of Frank Gibson for the Felton Bequest (Felton Bequest, 1910, 480-2)
Signature on boulder: W
Light grey oil (?) ground layer. There appears to be a red/brown imprimatura over this, seen on the tacking edges and presumably extending beneath the image. Areas of high impasto, mainly highlights.
Verso, upper left on top horizontal member of stretcher:
[1] Exhibited in the Worcestershire Exhibition, 1882, FINE ARTS SECTION owner [illegible]ither, Esq., Perdiswell Park, Worcestershire
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The painting is mainly autograph but there is some studio work, for example in the tree trunks to the left.
WGC, p. 213, pl. 100a (version 3); Hoff 1973, p. 166 & fig. 209; Tomory & Gaston 1989, p. 54, no. 147, repr.; Hoff 1995, pp. 321-22 as 'After Wilson'
Restored by F.W. Colley at St Kilda, 1929. Relined, new stretcher. Some overpaint of the mountain at the left and some damages in the hillside with old repairs. The impasto has been flattened as a result of the relining. Discoloured varnish.