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Studies & Designs: View of a Castle on a wooded Hill
The Trustees of the British Museum
John Whessell (c.1760-1806) after Wilson
Studies & Designs: View of a Castle on a wooded Hill
Published 1811
Soft-ground etching, with etching
155 x 209 mm
6 1/8 x 8 1/4 in.
View of a castle on a wooded hill in the middle distance, with a path running through fields and winding up to it from the left. The view is framed by the corners of houses in the foreground - all within an etched rectangular border.
Bought from Samuel & Sons, 1863
Lettered below the image 'Wilson del. | Whessell Sc.'
The view is of the hilltop castle of the Counts of Aquino taken from the lower town of Roccasecca, near Frosinone south east of Rome and the birthplace of St Thomas Aquinas
D53/39 Studies and Designs done in Rome in the Year 1752, p. 39, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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. 39 (D53/39). 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.