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Boats on a wide River
Private Collection / Photograph by Matthew Hollow
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Boats on a wide River
c.1755 (undated)
Black chalk with white highlights on grey-blue laid paper
114 x 166 mm
4 1/2 x 6 9/16 in.
Private Collection, London
In the foreground a boat is plying a river with a fisherman or ferryman on board. Behind in the middle distance is a sailing boat. In the right distance the sun or moon is rising.
Unsigned; no inscription
While the subject matter might suggest the Thames and a relationship to the composition of Wilson's early landscape, P10 Westminster Bridge under Construction, there is no evidence that Wilson drew in black chalk, heightened with white, on middle-toned paper before he encountered French landscape draughtsmen using this technique in Rome. It therefore seems more likely that the drawing dates from the mid-1750s or later.