Studies and Designs done in Rome in the Year 1752, p. 15
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Studies and Designs done in Rome in the Year 1752, p. 15
1752
Black chalk on white paper
188 x 130 mm (volume: 203 x 143 mm)
8 x 5 5/8 in.
E.3586-1922
D53/15
View of a ruined tower with three figures gathered in front and others riding away on horseback in the left background
Bt about 1922 from Miss Alice J. Bowles
Numbered below the image lower right: 14 [?]
Page numbered upper right corner: 15
Pencil inscription below the two above: 9 [?]
D361 Ruin and Figures, The British Museum (1881,0212.26)
D361A Landscape: Road winding past Ruins of a Castle, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (Dyce.645)
E60/16 John Whessell after Wilson, Studies & Designs: View of a ruined Tower with three Figures, The British Museum
E60/16A John Whessell after Wilson, Studies & Designs: View of a ruined Tower with three Figures, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
E72/16 Thomas Hastings after Wilson, Untitled, The British Museum (1854,0708.73) and other impressions
P168 Ruined Tower with a Figure Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery
P168A Two figures by a Ruin, Felbrigg Hall, National Trust
Wilson's commitment to landscape made soon after his arrival in Rome in late 1751 initiated a sustained burst of activity as a draughtsman which was to gain momentum over the next few years. One major piece of evidence for the seriousness with which he took his new career is provided by the pages of this surviving sketchbook from 1752. Although it contains a number of rapid sketches from nature and the antique, most of its leaves are filled with imaginary essays in landscape design, usually incorporating classical themes such as antique ruins but presented in a rococo manner, and, as noted by Solkin, 'using lazy curving forms and often capricious combinations of architectural motifs in a way that still recalls the works of Zuccarelli.' Increasingly, however, Wilson came to adopt a more naturalistic style.
Solkin 1982, pp. 152, 157
Only two sketchbooks by Wilson have survived - the present one (D53-D53/81) and D280-D280/33 Italian Sketchbook - Drawings, 1754, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
20/09/2017