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River Mouth with Peasants dancing ('Evening')
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Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
River Mouth with Peasants dancing ('Evening')
Early 1770s
Oil on canvas
29 x 38 in.
Private Collection
P177F
BI 1858 (137 Evening)
Frederick Perkins; George Perkins; Christie's 14 June 1890 (56), bt Agnew; 1891, A.W. Dunn, Liverpool; Christie's 18 June 1892 (92), bt Agnew; 1894, Humphrey Roberts (not in his sale, Christie's 21 May 1808); Christie's 16 June 2005 (281)
The countryside represented is generally taken to be near Naples, owing to Farington's comments when he saw the view in Richard Entwhistle's collection at Rousham in 1808. The coast of Baiae, just north of Naples, was renowned in the 18th century for the remains of antique temples, palaces and gardens. The picturesque elements of such ruins had been enhanced by the earthquakes common in the region. Cicero, Pliny, Julius Caesar, Augustus and Pompey all had villas at Baiae and its coastline, the Gulf of Pozzuoli, had been celebrated by Homer in the Commerians and Virgil in the Aeneid.
E72/26 Thomas Hastings, On the Arno The British Museum (1854,0708.83) and other impressions
E74 Reynolds after Wilson, various impressions of Evening, mezzotint (Gems of Art, 1 May 1824, pl. XII).
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One of a number of versions of the composition, of which the pictures in the Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammlungen (P177) and the Victoria & Albert Museum (P177A) are the most similar.
WGC, p. 216, pl. 104c; Solkin 1982, p. 244