"WILSON, (Richard).--This great landscape painter was born in England in 1714. He went to Italy, where he painted portraits until one of his small landscapes accidentally met the eye of Zucarelli, who strongly advised him to follow that line only. To this circumstance is owing the splendour diffused by his genius, not only over his native country, but even over Italy itself, whose scenes have been the frequent subjects of his pencil. In 1755 he returned to London. His claims to praise are grandeur in the choice of invention of his scenes, felicity in the distribution of his lights and shadows, freshness and harmony in his tints. His colouring was in general vivid and natural; his touch spirited and free; his composition simple and elegant; his lights and shadows broad and well distributed; his middle tints in perfect harmony; while his forms in general produced a pleasing impression. He has been called, but injudiciously, the English Claude but he fell short of Claude in sublimity, though he exhibited nature more in her real forms, and in the effects of dewy freshness and silent evening lights, he rose above that great master." No. 49.--A LANDSCAPE, with a lake or tranquil river, filling the center of it. This picture, considered in all respects, ranks with the finest productions of the master. Nothing can exceed its beauty and truth to nature. [P. 29.]
Catalogue of the Pictures Forming the Collection of the Works of the Old Masters now Being exhibited at the Gallery of the National Academy of Design in Broadway. 1849. New-York: George F. Nesbitt, Stationer and Printer, corner of Wall and Water Streets. 1849.