A View in Spain

1866, Frederic, Lord Leighton

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

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Leighton visited Spain for the first time in 1866, travelling extensively and making oil sketches as he went. This sketch shows an old stone wall dividing a farmyard from green fields, sparsely dotted with trees. Rugged hills rise in the distance. The wall, worn and rounded with age, is as irregular as the hills themselves.

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