Torre del Fiscale, near Rome

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Torre del Fiscale, near Rome
Torre del Fiscale, near Rome
Torre del Fiscale, near Rome
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
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Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Torre del Fiscale, near Rome
Late 1770s (undated)
Oil on canvas laid down on mahogany board
Metric: 31 x 24.4 cm
Imperial: 12 3/16 x 9 5/8 in.
Accession Number
Wilson Online Reference
Cheltenham Art Gallery, 5-17 July 1965, Fine Paintings from Gloucestershire Houses and other Sources (54); Gloucester 2014 (unnumbered)
Captain E.N.F. Loyd; Christie's 30 April 1937 (139 An Archway), bt Martin; Col. M.H. Grant; with Spink; Stanley Marling; bequeathed to Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery, 1963
Unsigned; no inscription
[1] Verso upper centre exhibition print and typescript: Twenty-first Cheltenham Festival [...] Exhibition at Cheltenham Art Gallery | Fine Paintings from Gloucestershire Houses and other Sources | 5th to 17th July 1965 | Catalogue No. 54
[2] Verso upper centre 19th century manuscript: Old Arch and | Landscape | By Richard Wilson
[3] Verso centre C18 manuscript: Arch | By Richard Wilson
[4] Verso left centre inverted manuscript: 97
[5] Verso lower centre typescript: VIEW OF THE TORRE DEL FISCALE | near ROME | by | RICHARD WILSON R. A. | 1714-1782 | From the Collection of Col. M.H. Grant
The Torre del Fiscale, or Tower of Taxation, a square brick tower, is near Rome by the Via Appia Nuova. It was originally placed at the bend of an aqueduct to strengthen it.
Related Drawings
D181 The Torre del Fiscale near Rome, National Galleries of Scotland (D 4666)
Critical commentary
Perhaps unfinished, as suggested by ambiguities in the lower right area at the base of the arch, which seems structurally at variance with the adjacent boulders. The arch itself seems uncharacteristically two-dimensional.
Previous Cat/Ref Nos
Art 304
WGC, p. 199, pl. 77a
Dimensions in frame: 44 x 38.2 cm. Kate Lowry has noted: Panel grain vertical to composition. Varnish very discoloured. Under UV no retouches visible over varnish. Part of the tower is unfinished and the stones in lower right corner are unresolved.