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Landscape with Banditti: the Murder

WILSON, Richard (1714 - 1782)

Landscape with Banditti: the Murder

Date: 1752

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 73.8 x 98.5 cm

Acquired: 1953; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 69

The exaggerated gestures of the powerful murderer about to stab his pleading victim recall the theatre rather than real life. This is heightened by the dramatic moutainous landscape modelled on the work of Salvator Rosa, whose pictures were highly regarded by eighteenth-century connoisseurs.

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