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perhaps 1859, Frederic, Lord Leighton

The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
In this sketch Leighton looks down onto the roofs of a small group of simple peasant houses. With their light colour, distinctive shallow domes and chimneys, they stand in stark contrast to the landscape they inhabit. A trail winds its way across a steep crest of hills. The distant summit is almost exactly at the vertical midpoint of the painting. At left, the steep cliffs fall away to the sea.

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