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River Landscape

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ArtistRichard Wilson (1712-1782)
TitleRiver Landscape
MediumOil on canvas
ProvenanceCollection of art patron and historian Kenneth Mackenzie Clark, Baron Clark (1903-1983); by whom sold through Christie’s, London, on 8 May 1936 (Lot 67), as ‘A River Scene’; from which sale purchased by ‘Rattray’ on behalf of the Office of Works
Dimensionsheight: 43.50 cm, width: 69.50 cm
AcquisitionPurchased fom Christie's, 8 May 1936
LocationAustria, Vienna, UK Delegation to Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
GAC number0/63

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Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson was a key figure in the early development of British landscape painting. He worked as a portraitist until the 1750s, when he spent seven years studying in Italy. He trained himself to become a landscape artist in the style of Lorrain and Poussin, whose classical and idyllic landscapes were popular with the English upper classes. Wilson built up a successful landscape practice in London on his return from Italy, but his career declined in the 1770s, in part as a result of his alcoholism and illness.