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Study for Wilton House: Temple Copse and Stables
The Art Institute of Chicago, The Leonora Gurley Memorial
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Study for Wilton House: Temple Copse and Stables
c.1758-60 (undated)
Black chalk on grey laid paper
230 x 384 mm
9 1/16 x 15 1/8 in.
1922.1673R
D350/1
At the top of the distant hill centre left is Sir William Chambers's classical temple. At the foot of the copse to the right are the old stables, designed by Inigo Jones. In the foreground are figures in a boat, with an unidentified building at the extreme left.
Dr Christopher Ridley, Croydon; Sotheby's Croydon, 2 April 1912; Gift of William F.E. Gurley, 7 April 1922
Unsigned
Inscribed in pencil in a later hand, upper left corner: G56 / 6072
[1] Lower right corner: Leonora Gurley
[1] Sale stamp, lower right: COLLECTION OF DR CHRISTOPHER RIDLEY / CROYDON, ENGLAND SOTHEBY'S / SALE, APRIL 2, 1912
Verso: D350/2 Study for Wilton House looking East (Sketch of a Landscape)
P79 Wilton House: Temple Copse and Stables, Collection of the Earl of Pembroke, Wilton House
Evidently an aide-memoire, taken hastily on the spot and eventually worked up into P79. Wilson's main concern is with accurately capturing the orthogonals, shapes and space. A similar drawing on the reverse of the present sheet is D350/2 View of Wilton House and Gardens looking East.
407
Solkin 1978, p. 407, pl. 23b
Good condition overall. Slight cockling and pressure wrinkles, no doubt arising from the process of laying down.