Wilson Online Reference
Archer 1811
Robert Archer
Studies and Designs by Richard Wilson, done at Rome in the Year 1752
Robert Archer
Oxford, UK
Date of Publication
Primary published
Source Institution
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Dept of Prints & Drawings
Document Inventory/Accession No
More Information
Bequeathed by Richard, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam, 1816. Contains title page, text and 51 soft-ground etchings by John Whessell, reproducing drawings from Wilson's eponymous 1752 Sketchbook [D53 - D53/81] in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (E.3586-1922). There is also a short biographical account of Wilson written by Dr Michael Marlow (c.1759-1828), President of St John's College Oxford. The volume contains mainly landscape studies of unidentified scenes, Rome, Naples and Vesuvius. When it was published in 1811 Wilson's reputation had undergone a major recovery and there was a strong interest in his drawings. It was republished in part in 1863 by William Tegg [see Tegg 1863]. Another copy is at the British Museum (1921.2.16.1-49), together with a set of plates (1863,1114.219-255). Another set is at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales (NMW A 10942-10985). From those two sets the illustrations of individual plates are taken (E60/1 - E60-44). A further copy is at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven.