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Drawing - Castel Gandolfo and Lake Albano
  • Castel Gandolfo and Lake Albano
    Wilson, Richard RA, born 1713 - died 1782
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Castel Gandolfo and Lake Albano

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (drawn)

  • Date:

    ca.1754 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wilson, Richard RA, born 1713 - died 1782 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    drawn with black chalk, on grey paper, heightened with white

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.646

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 32

Physical description

Castle Gandolfo, from the river, the high bank beneath the castle is richly studded with trees; Drawn with black chalk, on grey paper, heightened with white, very carefully executed; almost entirely linear.

Place of Origin

Italy (drawn)

Date

ca.1754 (drawn)

Artist/maker

Wilson, Richard RA, born 1713 - died 1782 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

drawn with black chalk, on grey paper, heightened with white

Dimensions

Height: 10.4 in, Width: 16.4 in, Height: 27.2 cm, Width: 41.9 cm

Descriptive line

Wilson, Richard (RA); Castle Gandolfo, from the river, the high bank beneath the castle is richly studded with trees; Drawn with black chalk, on grey paper, heightened with white; English School; ca.1754.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Brinsley Ford, The Drawings of Richard Wilson (London: Faber and Faber, 1951), p. 61, no. 67
David Solkin, Richard Wilson: The Landscape of Reaction (London: Tate Gallery, 1982): 'This remarkably sensitive and delicate study from nature shows Castel Gandolfo - then, as now, the Pope's summer retreat - and the western shore of Lake Albano. It is difficult to determine precisely how the present drawing relates to the Dartmouth view of the same site [. . . ], which is of approximately the same size. I suspect that Wilson initially meant this sheet to serve as part of the Dartmouth set, before realising that his viewpoint was too close to permit the achievement of a satisfactory classical composition. Neglecting to enhance his linear sketch with much in the way of chiaroscuro modelling, he may simply have abandoned it in mid-stream, choosing instead to start over again further away from the town.' (p. 167, no. 41.)

Materials

Grey paper; Black chalk

Techniques

Drawing (image-making); Heightening

Subjects depicted

Trees; Castle; Landscape

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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