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Outlet of the Emissario
The Trustees of the British Museum
Ascribed to Wilson
Outlet of the Emissario
c.1752-56 (undated)
Black and white chalk on pink-buff paper
261 x 397 mm
10 1/4 x 15 5/8 in.
A hillside of boulder and brushwood, in which appears the mouth of a passage in the rock towards the left. Over this a tall arch has been built, from which a stream flows down into the right foreground. Two figures stand near the outlet.
Bequeathed by Richard Payne Knight, 1824
Unsigned; inscribed in ink, not by Wilson, lower left: the Uscito of the | Emissario 3 Miles | from the Lake which Uscito Emptys | itself into ye Liris now | Gariglione at Capestrello
Verso invisible - the primary support is laid down
The tunnel was made by the Romans in AD 52 in order to drain the Lacus Fucius
Pace the setting and the provenance the drawing style argues against Wilson himself as the artist, nor is the inscription in his hand. This is one of several drawings of the Emissario and its environs by the same hand (see also NWD108 Entrance to the Cuniculo and NWD108/1 The First Entrance to the Cuniculo, both in the British Museum and with the same provenance).
Binyon 30
Good condition