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Thomas Hastings after Wilson
Published December 1821
Etching on chine collé
Metric: 237 x 188 mm
Imperial: 9 5/16 x 7 3/8 in.
Accession Number
Wilson Online Reference
Three figures near the remains of a church on a shore in the foreground at the right, with a stone pillar to their left and a sailing boat in the water beyond. Strong rays of sunlight pierce the gloomy clouds.
Bought from George Willis, Piazza, Covent Garden, 1854
Lettered below the image with the title, 'The Original is in the Possession of Lady Ford.'; production details and publication line: 'Painted by R. Wilson. | 1771 | Etched by T. Hastings | and | publd. in London Decr. 1821'
Related Drawings
D361 Ruins and Figures, The British Museum (1881,0212.26)
D361A Landscape: Road winding past Ruins of a Castle, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (Dyce.645)
Related Prints
E60/16 John Whessell after Wilson, Studies & Designs: View of a ruined Tower with three Figures gathered in Front, The British Museum
E60/16A John Whessell after Wilson, Architectural Ruins, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
Related Paintings
P168 Ruined Tower with a Figure, Bristol City Museum and Gallery
P168A Two Figures by a Ruin (Ruined Tower with a Figure), Felbrigg Hall, National Trust
Critical commentary
From a series of forty etchings after paintings by Richard Wilson and additional title page, bound in a volume in red tooled leather with gold decorative border, lettered on the spine with 'Wilson's | Etchings | by | Hastings'; the title page lettered in black and red: 'Etchings, | from the Works | of | [ facsimile of signature below portrait] Ric. Wilson | with Some Memoirs of his Life, &c. | by Thomas Hastings, Esq. | Collector of His Majesty's Customs. | "Non Ductus Officio Sed Amore Operis." Quintillian. | Published by Hurst, Robinson & Co. Cheapside, London. | Johnson, Typ. Apollo Press, 1825. Brook Street, Holborn'; containing twenty pages of Introductory and Concluding Remarks by the etcher, including descriptions of Richard Wilson's original paintings.
Previous Cat/Ref Nos
Hastings 1825, repr.; WGC, p. 221, pl. 112a; Yule 2015, pp. 60 & 69
More Information
George Willis was an antiquarian book dealer, who occasionally published books and prints. His firm was active from 1832-1856 and sold many prints to the British Museum. In 1856 it merged with Thomas Sotheran to become Willis & Sotheran.
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2015-12-09 00:00:00