Landscape and Figures

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Landscape and Figures
Landscape and Figures
Landscape and Figures
National Galleries of Scotland / Photography by Antonia Reeve
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Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Landscape and Figures
c.1752-54 (undated)
Black and white chalk on brown paper laid down
Metric: 129 x 215 mm
Imperial: 5 1/16 x 8 7/16 in.
Accession Number
D 1356
Wilson Online Reference
In the centre foreground two figures are seen on the shore of a lake. In the middle distance other figures are discernible, perhaps hunters with hounds.
Paul Sandby [...] David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy; transferred 1910
Unsigned; inscribed on mount (see 'Mount inscriptions')
Collectors' marks
[1] Lower left corner: Paul Sandby (Lugt 2112)
[2] Lower left corner: unknown
Mount inscriptions
[1] Inscribed in pencil on the 19th century mount, lower right: Wilson
Critical commentary
The choice of media is one which Wilson seems to have particularly favoured. According to Ozias Humphrey, 'Mr Wilson says the best and most expeditious mode of drawing landskips from nature is with black chalk and a stump on brownish paper touched with white' (Whitley 1700-1799, vol I, p.385, quoted in Ford 1951, p. 26)
Whitley 1700-1799, vol I, p. 385; Ford 1951, pp. 26, 35 & 47; Baker 2011, pp. 413 & 414 repr.
More Information
For Sandby's connections with Wilson (with whom he sketched and for whom he disposed of drawings), see Ford 1951, pp. 35 & 47