The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission

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Despite the distinctive profile of the mountain, the site in this sketch has not been identified. The rustic buildings at right and left suggest that it is Italy, although the lush green of the vegetation may point to France. The artist has situated himself on the near side of a river with sheer vertical banks. Some areas of the landscape are broadly painted, while in others the artist has applied numerous small strokes of colour, animating the surface with several shades of green.

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