Follower of Richard Wilson RA, Classical Nude Figure -18th-century chalk drawing




An original 18th-century chalk drawing, Follower of Richard Wilson RA Classical Nude Figure Study.

An intriguing figure sketch, with inscription ‘479 R Wilson’ at the lower right corner. Richard Wilson RA (1714-1782) was an influential Welsh landscape painter, who is considered the ’father’ of British landscape painting, and was a major influence on J.M.W. Turner and John Constable.

The nude figure in this drawing has the monumentality of a classical god, leaning on what could be a classical stone ruin or plinth.

Richard Wilson included figures in the majority of his landscapes, and he is best known for his Italianate landscapes, influenced by the grand classical style of Poussin, Claude and Zuccarelli. Wilson was born in Penegoes, Montgomeryshire but moved to London in 1729 to train under Thomas Wright. In 1750 he left London for Rome where he remained until 1757, and it was this period in Italy which was to be most influential on Wilson’s developing landscape style.

Drawing was important to Wilson, and his preferred medium was black chalk and stump on a grey paper. Many of Wilson’s landscape oil paintings were based on the large number of drawings that he made during his Italian sojourn - his drawing subjects including figures and drawing from the antique, as well as landscape subjects.

In black chalk buff laid paper. The drawing has been mounted onto a sheet of wove paper with window cut verso.

This is one of a small collection of works after Richard Wilson that we have for sale with the provenance: Covent Garden Gallery.

Inscribed in pencil 479 R WILSON lower right. Additional catalogue number on the paper mount verso, as shown.

Some minor marks and toning. There is a tiny pinhole above the R at the lower right corner.
11.8cm x 15.7cm.
Unframed.

Richard Wilson RA (1714-1782) is best known as the earliest major British painter to concentrate on landscape. His stay in Italy, 1750 to 1757, was instrumental in developing his landscape style, influenced by the grand classical style of Poussin, Claude and Zuccarelli. On his return to London, Wilson hired several apprentices, including Thomas Jones and Joseph Farington. He continued to paint Italian landscapes, and also took commissions from English and Welsh landowners who wanted views of their estates painted in the Italian style, reminding them of their Grand Tours of Europe. Wilson was a founder member of the Royal Academy in 1768.

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Product code: JK-911


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