Richard Wilson (1714-1782)

Artist Name Richard Wilson (1714-1782)
Title landscape with Ruins and Figures
Description This superb British 18th century Old Master oil painting is attributed to circle of noted landscape artist Richard Wilson. Painted circa 1750 it is a stunning light, bright and airy expansive panoramic landscape.  There is a river in the foreground and mountains in the background. On the left of the river stands some ruins and on the right, figures are resting under the trees. The palette of blues, greens and very varied and rich with some lovely pinky brown tones for the land on the right. The brushwork is also delicate but confidently executed. A superb example of a British Old Master landscape oil painting, finished off in  a carved and gilt wood English Rococo frame with name plate.
Provenance The Asbjorn Lunde Foundation, Inc. Throughout his long life, Mr. Lunde supported more than forty museums in his native New York, across the United States, and in Europe with loans, gifts, and funding. Mr. Lunde was a proud New Yorker with roots in Norway. He was keenly interested in nineteenth-century Scandinavian and Swiss landscape painting, Old Master painting, and Asian decorative arts.

According to an old label to the reverse, the present painting was once owned by James Northcote (1746-1831) who gave it to William Hillman on 25th May 183(0?). 

Property of the Bacot family.

Christies stamps verso.

Watson Gallery London.  Remains of label verso
Medium Oil on Canvas
Size 26 x 18 inches
Frame Housed In a carved and gilt wood English Rococo frame bearing Richard Wilson name plate, 33 inches by 25 inches and in good condition.
Condition Good condition.
Biography Richard Wilson RA (1714-1782) was an influential British landscape painter, who worked in Britain and Italy. With George Lambert he is recognised as a pioneer in British art of landscape for its own sake and was described in the Welsh Academy Encyclopedia of Wales as the "most distinguished painter Wales has ever produced and the first to appreciate the aesthetic possibilities of his country". In December 1768 Wilson became one of the founder-members of the Royal Academy.
Price £22000
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