Tray The Thames near Marble Hill, Twickenham - Richard Wilson
Tray featuring the work of the landscape painter from the English painting school, Richard Wilson "The Thames near Marble Hill, Twickenham", c. 1762.
This tranquil view shows a stretch of the Thames seen from the south bank of the river upstream from Richmond. The gable of the Palladian-style villa, Marble Hill House, can be seen peeping through the trees on the right. Wilson's view is selective: he leaves out the busy river traffic and neighbouring houses.
The fine scenery around Twickenham was an inspiration to artists and poets during the eighteenth century: Alexander Pope and later Joshua Reynolds were amongst those who lived in the area. With its echoes of his beloved Italy, it proved a popular subject for Wilson, who painted several versions of this view.
Painting exhibited at the Musée du Luxembourg for the exhibition "English Painting".