The Fourvière Hill at Lyon

about 1780, British (?)

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

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The site has not been identified. The view is taken from the foot of a hill looking up towards a wall, perhaps ancient Roman in origin, and a red brick town beyond it. A villa, its cornice lined with free-standing statues, stands at the top of the hill in an enclosed, tree-filled garden. The russet tonality of the landscape and the crisp architectural forms contrast with the blue of the sky and the rolling clouds.

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