Richard Wilson

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Richard Wilson
1713-1782
The Roman Campagna - with Peasants Dancing
Black chalk with smudging, with white chalk, on gray paper.
11 3/8 x 16 1/4 inches (289 x 413 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
III, 40

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Inscribed by Esdaile at lower left in pen and black ink, "1bx" and at lower right, "WE"; on verso at lower left, "1833 WE 1bx Dr. Monro's sale" and at center, "Wilson".

Provenance: 
Dr. Thomas Monro; his sale, London, Christie's, 1 July 1833, possibly part of lot 140; William Esdaile (Lugt 2617); Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
Bibliography: 

Collection J. Pierpont Morgan : Drawings by the Old Masters Formed by C. Fairfax Murray. London : Privately printed, 1905-1912, III, 40, repr.

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Watermark: fleur-de-lis within a circle.

Associated names: 

Monro, Thomas, former owner.
Esdaile, William, 1758-1837, former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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