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Studies & Designs: View of a ruined Tower at Sea
The Trustees of the British Museum
John Whessell (c.1760-1806) after Wilson
Studies & Designs: View of a ruined Tower at Sea
Published 1811
Soft-ground etching, with etching
155 x 209 mm
6 1/8 x 8 1/4 in.
View of a ruined tower at sea, facing another far off to the left, with three figures in a small boat at the edge of the shore in the left foreground and other boats beyond on the right - all within an etched rectangular border
Bought from Samuel & Sons, 1863
Lettered below the image 'Wilson del | Whessell.Sc'
Traiditonally based on a coastal scene near Naples but possibly a reminiscence of the Venetian lagoon
D53/19 Studies and Designs done in Rome in the Year 1752, p. 19, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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From a set of small soft-ground etchings by Whessell at the British Museum ( E60/1- E60/44). These were made after Wilson's drawings in the sketchbook of the same title at the Victoria & Albert Museum (D53-D53/81). The present one is taken from p. 19 (D53/19). In 1811 the etchings were published by the Oxford-based publisher, Robert Archer in more than one format - this one with an introduction and list of subscribers.