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St Peter's and the Vatican from the Janiculum, Rome



Richard Wilson


1713 or 1714 - 11 May 1782




Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


70.5 x 132.0 cm stretcher; 94.0 x 155.0 x 10.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Signed l.l., black paint "RW" [in monogram]. Not dated.


Purchased 1970

Accession number


Artist information

Richard Wilson

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Sir William Young, 1757-1764, Wiltshire/England, Painted for Sir William Young (1725–88), Standlynch House, Wiltshire, between 1757 and 1764. Presumably his sale, Prestage, Standlynch House, 16 July 1764

Hussey family, 1764-1910, William Hussey MP (1724–1813), Upper Eldon, Hampshire, and Salisbury, Wiltshire; by descent to William Hussey; purchased from him by Sulley & Co, London, 1910.

Sulley and Co., London, 1910, London/England, Purcahsed from William Hussey, London, 1910.

American Art Association, pre 22 Apr 1915, United States of America, Blakeslee Galleries sale, American Art Association, Plaza Hotel, New York, 21–23 Apr 1915, 2nd day, no 186 ('Rome and the Campagna'). Purchased at this sale for $1500 by F Ward.

F. Ward, 22 Apr 1915-pre 1953, on loan to National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington DC, by 1953

Leggatt Bros., London, pre 09 Dec 1969, London/England, Purchased by Agnew's, London, 9 Dec 1969.

Agnew's, London, 09 Dec 1969-21 Jul 1970, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Agnew's 1970.

Referenced in 20 publications


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, p 14, col illus p 14.

Adrian Bury, Richard Wilson RA, the grand classic, Leigh-on-Sea, 1947, pl 26.

Edmund Capon AM, OBE and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'European art in the old courts', Sydney, 1984, pp 14–23: pp 22–23.

W G Constable, Burlington Magazine,vol 96, no 614, 'Richard Wilson: some pentimenti', London, May 1954, pp 139–47: p 147.

W G Constable, Richard Wilson, London, 1953, pp 75, 165, 220, illus fig 111a.

Brinsley Ford, Burlington Magazine, vol 94, no 596, 'Richard Wilson in Rome: II – The Claudean landscapes', London, Nov 1952, p 312.

William Forster, British gallery of engravings from pictures of the Italian, Flemish, Dutch and English schools..., London, 1807, np.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales catalogue of British paintings, Sydney, 1987, p 214, illus p 214.

Renée Free, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'European', Sydney, 1988, pp 36–56: p 38.

Peter Tomory and Robert Gaston, European Paintings before 1800 in Australian and New Zealand public collections, Sydney, 1989, p 52, no 142, illus p 52.

Illustrated catalogue of the extensive collections of highly valuable paintings.... from the widely known Blakeslee Galleries...on the evening herein stated, New York, 21 Apr 1915-23 Apr 1915, np, no 186, illus.

Art and Australia, vol 10, no 1, Art Gallery of New South Wales special number, Sydney, Jul 1972, pp 63–75: p 63.

Master paintings: recent acquisitions, London, 1976, p 40, under no 49.

Art Gallery of New South Wales trustees' minutes 1970, Sydney, 1970, pp 7323–24 (24 July), p 7329 (28 Sep).

Art Gallery of New South Wales trustees' minutes 1979, Sydney, 1979, p 9129 (22 June ).

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1979, Sydney, 1979, p 22.

European painting 16th to 19th centuries and Australian painting of the 19th century [in Russian], Moscow, 1979-1980, np, no 39.

The Tate Gallery 1974–6: illustrated catalogue of acquisitions, London, 1978, p 43. the illustration on p 22 captioned as Wilson is in fact Glover no 59.1975.

Art Gallery of New South Wales trustees' minutes 1971, Sydney, 1971, p 7404 (26 Mar).

Art Gallery of New South Wales annual report 1971, Sydney, 1971, p 5.