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Il Tempio della Sebella a Tivoli
City & County of Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Collection
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Il Tempio della Sebella a Tivoli
c.1752-54 (undated)
Graphite and black chalk on grey laid paper laid down on white paper
357 x 248 mm
14 1/16 x 9 3/4 in.
GV DF 2061
D222
Swansea 1999
John Deffett Francis
Unsigned; inscribed:
[1] Lower left corner in graphite: R Wilson
[2] Upper right edge in graphite: il Tempio della Sibella a Tivoli [last part of word unclear and written over another, perhaps 'Carl']
[1] Lower right corner, partially obscured by mount, in ink: A (or a triangle)
P45 The Temple of the Sibyl and the Campagna, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin and versions
[1] Francis Towne (1739-1816): The Sibyl's Temple at Tivoli from below, watercolour, 1781, The British Museum (Nn,3.7)
Seemingly a study from the life incorporated into Wilson's paintings of the same subject from a distance, notably P45 The Temple of the Sibyl and the Campagna, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin and versions. Possibly left incomplete by Wilson and some details filled in hurriedly later, for example the trees on the right.
Themes and Variations 1999, p. 24 repr.