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image of Solitude Richard Wilson (artist)
Welsh, 1713 or 1714 - 1782
Solitude, c. 1762/1770
oil on canvas
overall: 142.1 x 210.1 cm (55 15/16 x 82 11/16 in.) framed: 163.8 x 231.6 x 7.6 cm (64 1/2 x 91 3/16 x 3 in.)
Paul Mellon Collection
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From the Tour: British and American History Paintings of the 1700s
Object 6 of 8


Perhaps (Maddox Street Gallery), London, 1828. Mr. Gray, Ilkley, Yorkshire, after whose death it was bought 1839 by (John Chaplin, London); [1] from whom it was probably purchased ca. 1839 by Andrew Fountaine [1808-1874], Narford Hall, King's Lynn, Norfolk;[2] by descent to Andrew Fountaine [b. 1918]; (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 23 June 1972, no. 57 repro.); purchased by (Thos. Agnew & Sons, London) for Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; gift 1983 to NGA.

[1] Descriptions of the work(s) owned by the Maddox Street Gallery and Mr. Gray quoted in W.G. Constable, Richard Wilson, (London, 1953), 169, could apply equally well to the Washington picture and to an almost identical version in the M.D.G. Robinson collection (formerly in the Col. M.H. Grant collection, and also listed in Constable 1953, 169).

[2] Sir Geoffrey Agnew to Paul Mellon, 2 May 1972, in NGA curatorial files. It was certainly in Fountaine's possession by 1854, when it was noted in G. F. Waagen, Treasures of Art in Great Britain, 4 vols. (London, 1854), 3: 431.

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