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Richard Wilson RA, 1714–1782, British, active in Italy (1750–56)
The Destruction of the Children of Niobe
Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 58 x 74 inches (147.3 x 188 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
Apollo and Diana kill Niobe's children | arrows | castle | children | cliff | costume | death | destruction | Greek | heroine | horse (animal) | landscape | legend | lightning | meteorology | mountains | murder | myth | poem | poet | queen (person) | religious and mythological subject | science | storm | waves (natural events)
Associated Places:
Boeotia | Greece | Thebes | Voíótía
Associated People:
On view
Exhibition History:
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Painting in England 1700-1850 - From The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (Yale University Art Gallery, 1965-04-15 - 1965-06-20)

Richard Wilson - The Landscape of Reaction (Tate Britain, 1982-11-03 - 1983-01-02)

Richard Wilson - The Landscape of Reaction (Yale Center for British Art, 1983-04-20 - 1983-06-19)

Richard Wilson - The Landscape of Reaction (National Museum Wales, 1983-01-29 - 1983-03-20)

Nobleness and Grandeur - Forging Historical Landscape in Britain, 1760 - 1850 (Yale Center for British Art, 2005-01-27 - 2005-04-24)

Richard Wilson and the British Arcadia (Richard L. Feigen & Co., 2010-04-28 - 2010-06-25)

The Critique of Reason : Romantic Art, 1760–1860 (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015-03-06 - 2015-07-26)

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Art Treasures Exhibition (Manchester, England), Catalogue of the art treasures of the United kingdom., Bradbury and Evans, London, 1857, p. 79, no. 32, N5056 M35 M25 1857 (YCBA)

Katharine Baetjer, Glorious nature, British landscape painting, 1750-1850 , Zwemmer publisher, London, 1993, p. 19, fig. 4, ND1354.4 B34 1993 (YCBA)

John Baskett, Painting in England: 1700-1850, the Collection of English paintings formed by Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon : on Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Richmind, untik August 18th , Connoisseur, Vol. 153, June 1963, p. 101, N1 C75 + (YCBA)

Jan Blanc, Les Ecrits de sir Joshua Reynolds, v. 2, Turnhout, Belgium, 2015, p. 1069, cat. 28, NJ18 R36 +A12 2015 (YCBA)

A handbook to the gallery of British paintings in the Art Treasures Exhibition, being a reprint of critical notices originally published in The Manchester Guardian. , Bradbury and Evans, London, 1857, pp. 35-36, N5056 M6 H3 1857 (YCBA RARE BOOKS) Also available at SML Fiche B1244 Fiche N.4.2.220 and online at books.google.com

British Institution, Account of all the pictures exhibited in the rooms of the British Institutions, from 1813 to 1823, belonging to the nobility and gentry of England , Priestley and Weale, London, 1824, pp. 255-6, 258, 260, Available online Available through Google Books; also in YCBA Rare Bks & Mss

W. G. Constable, Richard Wilson, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1953, pp. 160-3, NJ18 W72 C55 (YCBA)

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp, 252, 253, N590.2 A83 (YCBA)

Martina Droth, Britain in the world: Highlights from the Yale Center for British Art in honor of Amy Meyers, Yale University Press, New Haven, London, p. 53, N6761 .Y33 2019 (LC) (YCBA)

Boris Ford, The Cambridge cultural history of Britain, Cambridge University Press, London; New York, 1992, vol. 5, pp. 144-45, NX543 C36 1992 (YCBA)

Catherine M. Gordon, British paintings Hogarth to Turner, Frederick Warne, London, 1981, p. 76, ND466 G67 (YCBA)

Luke Herrmann, The Paul Mellon Collection at Burlington House, Connoisseur, v. 157, no. 634, December 1964, pp. 216,217, fig. 9, N1 C75 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) Another copy available in YCBA Vertical File Collection: v 2334

Luke Herrmann, [ Exhibition Reviews ] Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting, YCBA, New Haven, 6 March - 1 June National Museum Wales / Amueddfa Cymru, Cardiff 5 July - 26 October , British Art Journal, Vol. 15, Autumn 2014, p. 121, N6761 B74 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

William Laffan, Thomas Roberts, landscape and patronage in eighteenth-century Ireland. , Churchill House Press, Tralee, 2009, p. 266, fig. 220, NJ18.R544 L35 2009 + (YCBA)

Michael Lloyd, Turner, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 1996, pp. 18,24,40, NJ18 T85 L57 1996 + (YCBA)

Peter Lord, The tradition : a new history of Welsh art, 1400-1990, Parthian, Cardigan, 2016, pp. 95, 98-99, fig. 100, N6792 .L678 2016 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Oliver Millar, The later Georgian pictures in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen., Phaidon, London, 1969, p. xvi-xvii (v.1), ND466 M55 (YCBA) +

Marjorie Munsterberg, The Beginning of British art criticism in the 1760s, British Art Journal, vol. 15, Autumn 2014, p. 86, N6761 B74 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Frederic Ogee, Turner, les paysages absolus , Hazan, Paris, 2010, p. 51, NJ18 T85 O34 2010 (YCBA)

Elizabeth A. Pergam, The Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition of 1857, entrepreneurs, connoisseurs and the public , Ashgate Publishing, Surrey, UK, England Burlington, VT, 2011, pp. 100-01, No.32 (Modern), N5056 M35 P47 2011 (YCBA)

Martin Postle, Richard Wilson and the transformation of European landscape painting, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2014, pp. 18-23, 119, 127-29, 181, 193-94,243,273, 274-75, 276, 291, Cat. No. 89, figs. 20 and 106, NJ18.W72 R53 2014 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Graham Reynolds, Masterpieces in Mourning, TLS, the Times Literary Supplement, Issue no. 4158, December 10, 1982, p. 1364, Film S748 (SML) Also Available Online in TLS Historical Archive

Richard Wilson and the British Arcadia, April 29-June 25, 2010, Richard L. Feigen & Co. , Richard L. Feigen & Co., New York, 2010, pp. [52-55], cat. no. 7, pl. 7, NJ18.W72 R53 2010 (YCBA)

Jason Rosenfeld, To Rival Claude, Apollo, vol. 180, July/August 2014, p. 92, fig. 2, N1 A54 (YCBA)

Painting in England 1700-1850 from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, The Royal Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition 1964-65., , Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 1964, pp. 84-85 (v.1), no. 301, ND466 R68 1964/65 (YCBA) Also available on Microfiche: Fiche B214 (YCBA)

David H. Solkin, Richard Wilson, the landscape of reaction, Tate Publishing, London, 1982, pp. 59-66, 2000-02, no. 87, col. pl. V; no. 87, NJ18 W72 S65 + (YCBA)

David H. Solkin, Art in Britain 1660-1815, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2015, pp, 211-12, 217-18, fig.. 213, N6766 S65 2015 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Spencer-Longhurst, Paul, with Kate Lowry and David Solkin, Richard Wilson Online : A Digital Catalogue Raisonne, , The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, 2014, no. P90, http://www.richardwilsononline.ac.uk/index.php?WINID=1582051040261

David Stacey, [ Exhibition Reviews ] And another view of the Richard Wilson exhibition ..., British Art Journal, vol. 15, Autumn 2014, p. 123, N6761 B74 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Isabel Combs Stuebe, Life and works of William Hodges, , Garland Publishing, Inc., New York, 1979, pp. 6-7, NJ18 H646 S75 1979 (YCBA)

James Taylor, Picturing the Pacific: Joseph Banks and the Shipboard Artists of Cook and Flinders, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, London, p. 122-123, N8258 .T39 2018 (LC) (YCBA)

Painting in England 1700-1850, collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon. , Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, p. 46 (v.1), no. 19, pl. 220, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA)

John Cassell's Art treasures exhibition, containing engravings of the principal masterpieces of the English, Dutch, Flemish, French and German schools, with biographical sketches of the painters, and critical notices of their productions , W. Kent and Co., London, 1858, pp. 102-03, 110, N5056 .M36 C3 1858 (YCBA RARE BOOKS) Also available at SML Fiche B1244 Fiche N.4.2.215 and online at books.google.com

Iris Wien, Joshua Reynolds : Mythos und Metapher, Wilhelm Fink, Munchen, 2009, pp. 176-77, fig. 50, NJ18.R36 W54 2009

Andrew Wilton, The life and work of J.M.W. Turner, Academy Editions, London, 1979, p. 68, pl. 60, NJ18 T85 +W577 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Yale University Art Gallery, Painting in England, 1700-1850, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, [exhibition at] Yale University Art Gallery, April 15-June 20, 1965. , vol. 1, W. Clowes and sons, New Haven, 1965, pp. 61-62 (v.1), no. 227, ND466 Y35 (YCBA)

Painting in England : 1700-1850, Arts Review, vol. 37, no. 7, April 1963, p. 20, V 2337 Another copy is available at HAAS Arts Library (N1 A415 +)

A Great Collection of British Pictures in Virginia, The Times (London), Issue No. 55689, May 1, 1963, p. 5, Available Online : Times Digital Archive Also available on Microfilm: Film An T482 (SML)

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