A Church at Ariccia

A Church at Ariccia
A Church at Ariccia
A Church at Ariccia
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
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Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
A Church at Ariccia
c.1754 (undated)
Black chalk and stump with white highlights over graphite
Metric: 120 x 170 mm
Imperial: 4 3/4 x 6 11/16 in.
Private Collection, England
Wilson Online Reference
In the foreground a man on horseback is led out of a dark wood by another man with a staff. The rough road stretches back towards a Baroque pedimented church in the distance. Three robed figures are coming out of the church, the foremost of whom gives alms to a seated beggar-woman.
Conwy 2009 (7)
William Lock of Norbury; his sale, Sotheby's, London 3-7 May 1821; William Esdaile; Captain R. Ford; Mrs Richard Ford; Sotheby's 9 March 1947 (89), bt Brinsley Ford; by descent
Signed in black chalk lower right: RW [monogram, the R reversed]
Collectors' marks
[1] Recto lower right: William Esdaile (Lugt 2617)
Located between the lakes of Nemi and Albano on the Via Appia Nuova, southeast of Rome, Ariccia was celebrated for its groves, thought to have been the hunting-grounds of the goddess Diana. The area had been a haunt of Gaspard Dughet.
Related Paintings
P46 Ariccia I, Tate, London and other versions
Critical commentary
Ford proposed that the drawing was made in the studio from a sketch done in Italy
Ford 1951, p. 64, no. 84; WGC, p. 193, pl. 68a.; [unlisted in Walpole Society 1998-I], Lord 2009, p. 50, no. 7