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At the bend of a river; a river curving round to the right, two trees in the foreground, and another at left, on the left bank a man sketching, beyond woods and a monument, further off a round tower with hills beyond
Black chalk, with pen and brown ink and touched with white, on blue-green paper
- Production date
- 1752-1756 (circa)
Height: 202 millimetres
Width: 270 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- It was not only in style that Richard Wilson emulated his 17th century predecessor Claude Lorrain, but also in his working methods (see 1881,0212.8). Like the Frenchman, Wilson made many of his drawings directly from life, often then adapting them later in the studio to include imagined foregrounds of trees, foliage or classical fragments (see 1881,0212.44 for further commentary.) In the present drawing the difference in the handling of the chalk in the foreground and background might be an indication of this process. The topographical sketch of the lake and buildings has been executed in light, rapid strokes, whereas the foreground trees and rocks are drawn with heavier, more deliberating lines. In some cases where the elements of the drawing have been executed at different times it is possible to see the lines of the background through the overdrawing of the foreground, as in ‘Italian Lake’ (1881,0212.37).
‘Richard Wilson Online’ reference number: D256
The curator’s comments on the drawings of Richard Wilson were written by Olivia Ghosh, Anne Christopherson Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings, August 2017.
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