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Richard Wilson
Tivoli: The Cascatelli Grandi and the Villa of Maecenas
ca. 1752
private collection, Seattle
"Richard Wilson and the British Arcadia"
Richard L. Feigen & Co.
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by N.F. Karlins

The British landscape tradition is epitomized by two great 19th-century painters -- John Constable, with his country scenes under billowing whipped-cream clouds, and J.M.W. Turner with his chromatic ecstasies. Yet both men owe a great deal to a much less well-known British artist, Richard Wilson (ca. 1713-1782). In fact, Constable and Turner both owned works by him and hailed his art.