The Villa Borghese

about 1852-3, George Heming Mason

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

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This sketch was painted in the gardens of the Villa Borghese, which was a popular site for landscape painters in Rome. Mason uses loose but confident brushstrokes to depict the foliage of the trees and the shadows on the walls below.

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