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image of Italian Landscape Joseph Wright (artist)
British, 1734 - 1797
Italian Landscape, 1790
oil on canvas
overall: 103.5 x 130.4 cm (40 3/4 x 51 5/16 in.) framed: 122.2 x 146.7 x 6.9 cm (48 1/8 x 57 3/4 x 2 11/16 in.)
Paul Mellon Collection
1983.1.47
On View
From the Tour: British and American History Paintings of the 1700s
Object 8 of 8

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Mr. Mills, Yorkshire.[1] A.J. Bentley, by 1831;[2] by descent to John Bentley, Esq. [1797-1879], Birch House, near Bolton, Lancashire, and Portland Place, London; his estate; (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 15 May 1886, no. 71); purchased by F.B. Benedict Nicolson, London, until 1960. (Durlacher Brothers, London); sold 11 April 1960 to (Thomas Agnew & Sons, London); sold 6 July 1960 to Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia;[3] gift 1983 to NGA.

[1] According to the catalogue of the Bentley sale, Christie's, London, 1886. Nicolson identified Mr. Mills with John Milnes of Wakefield, Yorkshire, who was one of Wright's principal patrons, but the Washington picture is not identifiable with any picture Milnes is known to have owned. (Benedict Nicolson, Joseph Wright of Derby: Painter of Light, 2 vols., London, 1968: I:260.)

[2] He lent the painting to Pictures by Italian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch and English Masters, Royal Manchester Institution, 1831, no. 145, as Italian Scene--Convent of St. Cosimata.

[3] Stockbook no. 3055, Thomas Agnew & Sons, London.

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