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Dover Castle

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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Wilson painted a number of landscapes before he went to Italy in 1750. This one, painted about 1746–1747, shows him following the careful topographical tradition learned from Netherlandish artists. It has a remarkable sensitivity to light and air. The artist drawing at an easel in the bottom left corner may be a self-portrait.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil on canvas


H 90.5 x W 116.8 cm

Accession number

NMW A 66

Acquisition method

purchased from a private collection, 1928

Work type


Inscription description

Frame: 1) Chapman Brothers - Picture restorers, framers etc 2) (in chalk) - 40.49 3) Richard Wilson, 1969, cat no.4 4) Square label: 312 5) Very torn exhibition label. Backing board: e/No.26 7 Stretcher: Agnew's Galleries, London 1956 Cat no.30


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National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff

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