A Rustic House by the Sea

1843, German

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

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The rustic and asymmetrical stone house is set high on a rocky hill overlooking a distant domed church and bell tower at right, perhaps a monastery, and the blue sea beyond. A cross hanging on the closed door at right and the two cloaked figures sketched in pencil huddled in front of it, suggest that this may be a charitable shelter, perhaps for pilgrims making their way to Rome.

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