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Landscape with Bridge
National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Landscape with Bridge
c.1752-54 (undated)
Black chalk and stump on buff paper, laid down on old lined mount
168 x 214 mm
6 9/16 x 8 3/8 in.
NMW A 5761
D330
London 1925 (100)
John Deffett Francis; Thomas Henry Thomas Bequest, 1924
Unsigned; no inscription
[1] Lower left: illegible inside double ellipse
[2] Lower right, J.D.F. in single ellipse: John Deffett Francis (Lugt 1447)
[1] Upper centre, smudged ink: This sketch is by Richard Wilson R.A. / & authenticated by his pupil J. Farrington [sic] R.A. / J.D.F.
[2] Centre, pencil: 2
Recto:
[1] Lower right, pencil: 1208 [or 1708]
[2] Lower left: old illegible dimensions
Given the discrepancies in scale, especially apparent in the figures and edifice on the bridge itself, this seems more likely to be an early Piranesian fantasy than the record of a real scene
24.517
Cardiff 1961, pp. 12-13
Good condition