Richard Wilson (British, Penegoes, Wales 1712/13–1782 Denbighshire, Wales)
Black chalk touched with white
Sheet: 8 5/8 x 15 in. (21.9 x 38.1 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1906
Not on view
Wilson began his career as a portraitist but turned exclusively to landscape during a trip to Italy in the 1750s. At that time, he set out to train himself as a landscapist by making on-the-spot sketches in the Italian countryside and compositional sketches in the studio. This delicately rendered townscape was no doubt made on the spot when he visited Albano, perhaps in 1754, and includes none of the artificial devices that characterize his studio works. The ruins in the city, situated in the Alban Hills, twelve miles southeast of Rome, are today recognized as ancient baths. In the eighteenth century, they were thought to belong to the palace of Pompeius Magnus (106-48 B.C.).
Vendor: Carfax & Co. (London)Vendor: Through Roger Eliot Fry (British, Highgate, Middlesex 1866–1934 London)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," June 13, 2011–September 18, 2011.
Yale Center for British Art, Yale University. "Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting (New Haven and Cardiff)," March 6, 2014–June 1, 2014.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi Antichità d'Albano e di Castl Gandolfo. Didot, Paris, 1836, p. 4, pl. VII (related view).
Frederick J. Cummings, Robert Rosenblum, Allen Staley Romantic Art in Britain, Paintings and Drawings 1760-1860. Ex. cat: January 9 to February 18, 1968 (Detroit), March 14 to April 21, 1968 (Philadelphia). Detroit Institute of Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, 1968, cat. no. 2, p. 34, ill.
David H. Solkin Some New Light on the Drawings of Richard Wilson. Master Drawings. Master Drawings Association, Inc., vol. 16, no. 4, New York, 1978, pl. 17, p. 405.
Two Centuries of British Painting: British Art and Europe 1680-1880. Ex. cat.: Ausstellungsleitung Haus der Kunst, Munich. Munich, 1979, fig. no. 103, ill.