Richard Wilson

c. 1714-1782 Wales-Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Richard Wilson, the son of a clergyman, was born in Montgomeryshire, Wales. At the age of fifteen, he studied under a portraitist named Thomas Wright in London, and he became a leading portraitist for several years.
In 1750, he went to Italy and spent most of his time in Rome where he continued painting portraits and landscapes. In Venice, the artist Francesco Zuccarélli on seeing a sketch by him persuaded him to pursue landscapes. Claude Vernet was another artist who encouraged his landscapes. Wilson visited other Italian cities and was chiefly impressed by the works of Claude Lorrain. His time in Italy proved very successful, and he accumulated many patrons on their grand tours.
When he returned to England in 1757, he set up a studio in Covent Garden with students and apprentices. He mostly painted landscapes in the Italianate manner. In 1768, he was a founding member of the Royal Academy and in 1776 held the post of librarian, until he retired due to ill health. His success lasted only for a short period in England. Due to heavy drinking, he fell out with patrons and his contemporaries, including Johann Zoffany over a painting of him with a beer glass. His most famous tiff was with Lord Bute who refused the asking price of a picture for the King, he replied if the king wishes, he can pay in instalments.
Wilson spent his last years in Llanberis, Wales. His work inspired many of the later landscape artists.

 

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Cader Idris,
Lyn-y-Cau

Cader Idris Lyn-y-Cau

Caernarvon
Castle

Caernarvon Castle

Cicero with his
Friend Atticus

Cicero with his Friend Atticus and Brother Quintus-at his Villa at Arpinum

Villa and the Gulf
of Pozzuoli

Villa and the Gulf of Pozzuoli

Dinas Bran from
Llangollen

Dinas Bran from Llangollen

Dinas Bran from
Llangollen Two

Dinas Bran from Llangollen Two

Hadrian's
Villa

Hadrian's Villa

Italian Landscape
Morning

Italian Landscape-Morning

Kew Gardens-The
Pagoda and Bridge

Kew Gardens-The Pagoda and Bridge

Lago d'Agnano with
the Grotta del Cane

Lago d'Agnano with the Grotta del Cane

Lago d'Agnano
with Vesuvius

Lago d'Agnano with Vesuvius

View
of Dover

View of Dover

Keep of Oakhampton
Castle

Keep of Oakhampton Castle

Lydford Waterfall
Tavistock

Lydfrord Waterfall Tavistock

The
White Monk

The White Monk

Vale
Of Narni

Vale of Narni

Mawddach Valley
and Cadris Idris

Mawddach Valley and Cadris Idris

Rome from Villa
Madama

ome from Villa Madama

Hunslow
Heath

Hunslow Heath


Solitude

Solitude

Rome Saint
Peter's

Rome Saint Peter's and Vatican from Janicilum

Snowdon from
Lyn Nantlle

Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle

Lake
Avernus

Lake Avernus

Syon
House

Syon House from Thames near Kew

Commodore
Thomas Smith

Commodore Thomas Smith

A View of the
Tiber with Rome

A View of the Tiber with Rome in the Distance