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Tree Stems
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Tree Stems
c. 1754 (undated)
Black chalk, heightened with white, on grey paper
216 x 216 mm
8 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.
Private Collection, England
Tree trunks are shown prominently to the right in the foreground. Further back on the left a man is bending over behind a fallen tree
Exeter 1946 (32 - Withered Tree Stems); Birmingham 1948-49 (100); London 1949 (99); Arts Council 1951 (213)
William Lock of Norbury; his sale, Sotheby's, London 3-7 May 1821; Marianne Ford; thence by descent
Unsigned; no inscription
As Luke Herrmann has remarked, this fresh and spontaneous drawing demonstrates Wilson's increasingly effective recording of natural scenery during the second half of his time in Italy.
Ford 1951, pp. 27, 53, pl. 11; Festival 1951, p. 68; Walpole 1998-I, p. 72, RF91