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Entrance to a Town
Photograph Courtesy of Mallams
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Entrance to a Town
1750-57 (undated)
Oil on canvas
17.8 x 22 cm
7 x 8 5/8 in.
Thomas Bean
Grosvenor Gallery, London, 1888 (256); Brighton 1920 (27)
Benjamin Booth; Rev R.S. Booth; Marianne Booth, Lady Ford; Richard Ford; Sir Francis Clare Ford; Captain Richard Ford; Mrs Richard Ford; thence by descent; Mallams Cheltenham, 21 January 2021 (116b), where acquired by present owner
Unsigned; no inscription
[1] Verso, upper right corner of stretcher: Seal of Marianne Booth, Lady Ford
[1] Left vertical member of frame, old printed and handwritten label in black ink:
Title of Picture: Small oval l Landscape | Causeway & buildings
Name of owner: Sir Clare Ford C.B.
Address: Park St, Grosvenor Sq.
[2] Left vertical member of frame, lower end, half-concealed blank round label with serrated edge
[3] Upper end of right vertical member of stretcher, old torn label with black ink lettering: N | 19V [?]
P229 Tower and Bastion by the Sea, Private Collection UK [pendant]
Described in Booth Notes Doc. 9 as '3 -- a Do. [View in Italy] Entrance to a Town do. [oval]'. Taken together with Booth's description of P229 the pendant, this seems to be evidence that the work was painted during Wilson's years in Italy (1750-57) and perhaps that it was executed en plein air.
Booth Notes Doc. 9, p. 1, no. 3; Capt. R. Ford, MS. Notebook and Inventory, p. 50; WGC, p. 227, pl. 120b