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Drawing - The Fountain Dello Scoglio in the Vatican Grounds

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1954P4
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1754 - 1755

Maker Information

Artist:Richard Wilson - View biography for Richard Wilson


This is one of a group of perhaps sixty-eight Wilson was commissioned to make by Lord Dartmouth during his visit to Rome in 1753, of which twenty-five survive. They are perhaps the most important group of Wilson's drawings in existence. This drawing, may be a design made up of a number of elements, probably taken from buildings and fountains in the Villa Borghese, or it may be an actual view. The fountain too may be a real one, but it has not been possible to identify it with certainty today, and it may well have been destroyed

Purchased at Christie's London (Earl of Dartmouth Collection) and presented through the National Arts Collection Fund, 1954.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
School/Style:European Topographic
Medium:Black chalk & stump with white on grey paper.

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Height:390 mm
Width:520 mm