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Richard Wilson (1714–1787)

Photo credit: Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

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This portrait, a tribute from one artist to another, was painted in Rome in return for one of Wilson's views. Wilson is shown painting a landscape in the style he evolved during his stay in Italy (1750–1757). The pose, deceptively like that of a self-portrait, creates an air of professional pride and affluence. For a time in Italy, and on his return to Britain, Wilson's career prospered. He later sold this painting to Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, who also purchased four landscapes from him in 1770. Mengs was a great rival of Batoni in Rome, and a promoter of neo-classicism.

National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff




oil on canvas


H 84.6 x W 75.2 cm

Accession number

NMW A 113

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund, 1947

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