National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Solitude Richard Wilson (artist)
Welsh, 1712/1714 - 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
1983.1.45
Not on View
From the Tour: British and American History Paintings of the 1700s
Object 6 of 8

Conservation Notes

The medium-weight canvas is plain woven; it has been lined. The ground is light gray; it is smoothly applied and masks the weave of the canvas. The painting is executed smoothly and opaquely, with thin brown and green glazes in the details of the landscape, thick textured paint in the trees, and low impasto in the highlights; the middle ground of the landscape on the right has been left unfinished, with the ground clearly visible in parts; the crude dark brown glazes in the center and right foreground, which help to establish the solid character of the forms, are original. The painting was cleaned, lined, and revarnished in London in 1973. It is in good condition. Linear cracks throughout the paint have been retouched; otherwise loss and damage are minimal. The thin natural resin varnish has not discolored.

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