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A Summer Evening ('On the Arno')
Private Collection, England
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
A Summer Evening ('On the Arno')
c. 1780 (undated)
Oil on wood
9 x 8.7 cm
3 9/16 x 3 7/16 in.
Private Collection, England
Anon sale, Christie's South Kensington, 2 December 2008, bt present owner
Unsigned; no inscription
This small panel seems to be a late reprise or souvenir of Wilson's many earlier paintings on the theme of a summer evening or on the River Arno. In his last years he had few resources for the purchase of materials and no patrons, a situation here reflected in the size and choice of support and rough quality of the paintwork. Despite these exigencies the painting has its special charm.
Sound overall.