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    Sale 7633

    Old Master & British Pictures (Day Sale)

    3 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 176

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

    The Temple of Clitumnus, with the cows drinking from the spring of Clitumnus, near Spoleto, Umbria

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    Richard Wilson, R.A. (Penegoes 1713/4-1782 Colomendy)
    The Temple of Clitumnus, with the cows drinking from the spring of Clitumnus, near Spoleto, Umbria
    oil on canvas
    18¾ x 28¾ in. (47.6 x 73 cm.)


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    We are grateful to Professor David Solkin, Courtauld Institute of Art, for confirming the attribution on the basis of photographs, and for pointing out that this painting is a freer than usual autograph variant of Wilson's Temple of Clitumnus (see W.G. Constable, Richard Wilson, London, 1953, p. 197, no. 75b, illustrated).

    The Temple of Clitumnus lies close to the river Clitumnus, in Umbria. Originally an ancient tomb and shrine to the river gods, the temple was extended and converted into a Christian church in the fifth century and remains standing to this day.

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