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William Woollett, 1735–1785
and William Ellis, 1747–1810
after Richard Wilson, 1713/4–1782
Materials & Techniques:
Line engraving and etching on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 17 1/2 x 21 7/8in. (44.5 x 55.6cm), Plate: 21 5/8 x 21 7/8 inches (54.9 x 55.6 cm)

Inscribed on verso in graphite, lower left: "L0120109 | 12334"

Lettered lower left: "Painted by Richard Wilson, R.A."; lower left: "Still let me pierce into the midnight depth - | Of yonder Grove, of wildest largest growth. | That, forming high in air a woodland quire, | Nods o'er the mount beneath. At every step | Solemn, and slow, the shadows blacker fall, | And all is awful listening gloom around."; lower center: "SOLITUDE." | To Sir George Beaumont, Bart. this Plate is Dedicated, | By his obliged humble Servant, William Woollett, | From the original Picture in the possession of Mr. Rob Ledger. | Published as the Act directs, 4 June, 1778; by Wm. Woollett. Engraver to His Majesty, Green Str. Leicester Fields, London."; lower right: "These are the haunts of Meditation, these | the scenes where ancient bards th'inspiring breath, | Extatic, felt; and from this world retird. - | Thomson's Summer, line 516."; lower right: "Engraved by Wm. Woollett & Wm. Ellis."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
churches | crosses | groves | landscape | lions | monks | pedestals | plants | ponds | rocks (landforms) | ruins | sculptures | trees
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IIIF Manifest:

Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-03-06 - 2014-06-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Nobleness and Grandeur - Forging Historical Landscape in Britain, 1760 - 1850 (Yale Center for British Art, 2005-01-27 - 2005-04-24) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Martin Postle, Richard Wilson and the transformation of European landscape painting, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2014, pp. 138, 270, 271, 297, Cat. No. 120, fig. 118, NJ18.W72 R53 2014 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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