Richard Wilson

Torre delle Grotte

Image released under

License this image

Richard Wilson 1713–1782
Graphite, chalk and watercolour on paper
Support: 288 × 389 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, April 2007

Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? We would like to hear from you.

You might like

In the shop