Richard Wilson
Torre delle Grotte date not known

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Richard Wilson 1713–1782
Torre delle Grotte
Date Date not known
Medium Graphite, chalk and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 279 x 381 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
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This drawing in black chalk on a chalky grey-tinted paper shows Wilson's use of the stump (a roll of paper or soft leather cut to a blunt point at each end) to smudge and soften the black chalk. Wilson has applied subtle white chalk lines to the tops of the rocks and boats. Broader applications of white chalk in the sky, sea and rocks are slightly smudged, giving a sense of the moonlight falling over the scene. These highlights give luminosity to the drawing.

April 2007

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