Richard Wilson

Tree Study

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Richard Wilson 1713–1782
Chalk on paper
Support: 189 × 133 mm
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 is part of a set of tree studies by Wilson in the Oppé Collection. Black chalk was a medium favoured by Wilson. Here the textured surface of the laid paper has been heightened by the chalk. He has used light pressure to depict the undulations of the trunk, whilst tone has been suggested by the application of darker vertical strokes in the centre of the trunk. In contrast to other drawings by Wilson exhibited here, he has used the chalk like a pencil, primarily to draw lines, rather than smudging the chalk to suggest tones.

Gallery label, August 2004

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