Studio of Richard Wilson
Tivoli date not known

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Studio of Richard Wilson 1713–1782
Date Date not known
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 737 x 965 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by J.M.W. Turner 1856
Not on display

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This picture formed part of the Turner Bequest so certainly belonged to him. It is a replica of Wilson's picture in the Dulwich College Gallery which passed from the Desenfans collection to that of Sir Francis Bourgeois in 1807. Turner made a study of Wilson's art and technique when learning to paint himself, so a question of attribution hangs over it - especially as contemporary visitors to his house observed that he hung works that looked like examples of Wilson and other painters, but were in fact by himself. The source of Turner's 'Wilsons' is not known, but he was on good terms with his pupil, Joseph Farington.

August 2001

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