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Study for Wilton House looking East (Sketch of a Landscape)
The Art Institute of Chicago, The Leonora Gurley Memorial
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Study for Wilton House looking East (Sketch of a Landscape)
c.1758-60 (undated)
Black chalk on grey laid paper
230 x 384 mm
9 1/16 x 15 1/8 in.
1922.1673V
D350/2
To the left is the east end of the south front of Wilton, designed by Inigo Jones after the fire of 1637 and completed in 1654. In the distance are indications of the loggia and the spires of Salisbury Cathedral.
Dr Christopher Ridley, Croydon; Sotheby's Croydon, 2 April 1912; Gift of William F.E. Gurley, 7 April 1922
[1] Inscribed upper left, partly obscured by hinge: R. Wilson
[2] Inscribed in modern hands along lower edge with details of dimensions, accession number and artist's name and dates
[1] Lower right corner: Leonora Gurley
[2] Sale stamp, lower right: COLLECTION OF DR CHRISTOPHER RIDLEY / CROYDON, ENG. SOTHEBY'S / SALE, APRIL 2, 1912
Recto: D350/1 Study for Wilton House looking East (Sketch of a Landscape)
P77 Wilton House looking East from the Garden, Collection of the Earl of Pembroke, Wilton House, Wiltshire
This drawing is the verso of D350/1 Study for Wilton House: Temple Copse and Stables. It, too, is evidently an aide-memoire, taken hastily on the spot, and was eventually worked up into P77. Here the artist's main concern is perspective, which may explain the exaggerated foreshortening of the buildings in the painting.
407
Solkin 1978, p. 407, pl. 23a
Quite good condition but some discolouration at corners. There is fading upper left and upper right from old hinges. In the centre between the trees is a black ink mark.
22/11/2016