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View on the Thames near Twickenham
Photo: Simon Folkes, ACR
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
View on the Thames near Twickenham
c.1762 (undated)
Oil on canvas
62.7 x 93.2 cm
24 11/16 x 36 11/16 in.
Private Collection, England
The view is taken from the south side of the Thames near Richmond, and shows the prospect upstream to Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, with the pediment of Marble Hill House visible through the trees to the right.
SA 1762 (133 - a version)
Anon. sale, Sotheby's 13 July 1949 (92), bt F. Sabin (£48.0.0); [...] Sotheby's 4 July 2001 (68); Private Collection, USA; Leland Little Auctions, Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278, USA., 11 June 2022 (238); Private Collection, England
Lower part of left vertical section of frame: indistinguishable handwritten figures
[1] Upper left corner of stretcher, modern Sotheby's handwritten label: 'LOT 68 4-7-01 BRIT'
[2] Upper right corner of stretcher: round Sotheby's label with handwritten details: Lot No 68 | 4-7-01
One of the most popular of Wilson's English subjects. The region had come to acquire an elevated cultural status by the third quarter of the 18th century, notably from the presence and publications of Alexander Pope, who made Twickenham his home from 1719 until his death in 1744. As a Palladian villa, Marble Hill House could claim kinship to both the great Palladio and the architectural heritage of ancient Rome.
E72/31 Thomas Hastings after Wilson, On the Thames, The British Museum (1854,0708.88) and other impressions.
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Peter Tillemans (c.1684-1734), View of the Thames at Twickenham, c.1720-25, Richmond upon Thames Borough Art Collection, Orleans House, London
The large number of versions confirms this as one of Wilson's most popular English subjects. Twelve copies dating from the 18th and 19th centuries have also been identified.
WGC p. 188, pl. 57a (version 8?); DHS under 102 and chapter IV.
Marble Hill House was built for Henrietta Howard, mistress of King George II and was later occupied by Mrs Fitzherbert, mistress and morganatic wife of King George IV.
Some blue overpaint appears in the sky between the two trees to the left. Conserved 2022 by Simon Folkes.