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Tower by a Lake
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Tower by a Lake
Later 1770s (undated)
Oil on canvas
35 x 29.8 cm
13 3/4 x 11 3/4 in.
Private Collection, England
BB35
P191
A man with a bundle on a pole and a child are walking towards a ruined tower and buildings along a path on the shore of a river or lake. More figures are seen closer to the ruins in the middle ground. Two trees intertwine in the foreground at the right and the scene is illuminated by a ray of light streaming through a break in the thick clouds.
Exeter 1946 (76 - Ruin near Venice); Weston 2011 (31)
Benjamin Booth ; The Revd R.S. Booth ; Lady Ford ; The Revd James Ford ; Marianne Ford ; Mrs Sanders; Mrs Geoffrey Vyvyan, Exeter, niece of Mrs Sanders; bequeathed to her son-in-law, Brinsley Ford , 1964
Unsigned; no inscription
E72/36 Hastings after Wilson, Ruin near Venice, The British Museum (1854,0708.93)
Stylistically this seems to be a work from Wilson's last years, perhaps a pendant of P190 Tower and Broken Bridge, Private Collection, England.
Booth Notes Doc. 8, p. 2; Booth Notes, Doc. 9 (6); WGC, p. 227, pl. 119c; Walpole Society 1998-I, pp. 18-19, BB35; Williams 2011, p. 42