REVIEW by Tracey Warr

NWR Issue 106

Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting

by Martin Postle & Robin Simon (eds)

Eighteenth-century landscape painter Richard Wilson suffered from ‘the apathy of the cognoscenti, the envy of rivals, and the neglect of a tasteless Public’ (Henry Fuseli, 1805). This sumptuously illustrated book accompanied the first major exhibition of his work since the 1980s and makes a significant contribution to demonstrating the quality of the paintings and charting the vagaries of Wilson’s reputation. The exhibition was presented at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. The book comprises an annotated and illustrated catalogue of the exhibition and eleven essays, including Kate Lowry’s detailed study of Wilson’s technique which draws on X-rays of the paintings, and a comprehensive literature review by Paul Spence-Longhurst...

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