Richard Wilson

Aqueduct of Nero

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Richard Wilson 1713–1782
Chalk and watercolour on paper
Support: 203 × 263 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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Wilson began this drawing by applying a chalky, ochre-coloured wash to the paper. He then worked over the surface with black chalk, using quite light pressure. The chalk lines have picked up the surface texture of the laid paper. Diagonal hatchings of heavily applied chalk define the shadows in the arches. The ochre wash on the paper contrasts with the dark lines of the structure, suggesting light coming through the arches. Subtle white chalk highlights have been added to the central right arches.

Gallery label, August 2004

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