Richard Wilson (British, Penegoes, Wales 1712/13–1782 Denbighshire, Wales)
Oil on wood
7 1/2 x 8 5/8 in. (19.1 x 21.9 cm)
Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
Not on view
In the 1760s, Wilson began to adapt the idealizing tendencies of the grand manner long associated with Italianate landscapes to British views. This informal little painting does not depict an actual site, but it bears affinities with Welsh subjects such as Dolbadarn Castle and Okehampton Castle that the artist painted in the 1760s and 70s.
possibly Samuel J. Day, Hinton House, Hinton Charterhouse, Bath (until d. 1806); possibly Robertson-Glasgow family, Hinton House (from 1846); by descent to Robin F. Robertson-Glasgow, Hinton Charterhouse (until 1995; sale, Christie's South Kensington, London, November 23, 1995, no. 23, as "A Loch Landscape with Ruins beyond," by Circle of Richard Wilson (bought in); private collection; sale, Sotheby's, London, April 3, 1996, no. 95, as by Richard Wilson; [Agnew, London]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (until 2009)
New York. Pierpont Morgan Library. "The Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994," September 27, 2002–January 19, 2003, no. 63 (as by Richard Wilson).
Kathleen Stuart inThe Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994. Exh. cat., Pierpont Morgan Library. New York, 2002, pp. 142–43, no. 63, ill. (color), notes that it probably dates from the early 1760s and comments on its compositional affinities with Wilson's "Llyn Peris and Dolbadarn Castle" (1762–64, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne) and "The Keep of Okehampton Castle" (1771–72, Manchester City Art Galleries).
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 149, no. 142, ill. (color), calls it "Welsh Landscape with a Ruined Castle by a Lake".