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    Sale 7633

    Old Master & British Pictures (Day Sale)

    3 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 178

    Richard Wilson, R.A. (Penegoes 1713/4-1782 Colomendy) and Studio

    An extensive classical landscape with an artist sketching the Temple of the Sibyl and the Temple of Tiburtius, Tivoli

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    Richard Wilson, R.A. (Penegoes 1713/4-1782 Colomendy) and Studio
    An extensive classical landscape with an artist sketching the Temple of the Sibyl and the Temple of Tiburtius, Tivoli
    oil on canvas
    28½ x 38 3/8 in. (72.4 x 97.3 cm.)


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    This is an autograph version of Wilson's Tivoli: Temple of the Sibyl and the Campagna, which Constable recorded as in a Private Collection, New York (loc. cit., p. 223, no. 116b). Wilson painted this same composition, with travellers on a path in the foreground in place of the artist, in both horizontal and vertical format (ibid., no. 115a and 115b respectively). This present composition obviously proved a success, since Constable lists nine autograph versions, the present painting included (ibid., pp. 223-4). A loose sketch for this view is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

    We are grateful to Professor David Solkin, Courtauld Institute of Art, for confirming the attribution to Wilson and Studio, on inspection of the original.

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    Provenance

    H.A. Baker.
    General the Rt. Hon. The Earl of Cavan, K.P., 32 Princes Gardens, London; Christie's, London, 20 June 1930, lot 100 (100 gns. to Agnews). with Thomas Agnew and Sons, London.
    R.F. Goldschmidt, Manchester.


    Literature

    W.G. Constable, Richard Wilson, London, 1953, p. 224, under no. 116b.