Image
Mountainous Landscape with Ruins and Buildings
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission

The strong horizontal composition of the sketch suggests that it was made as a study for a panorama painting. The colours are muted, the forms not sharply distinguished from one another, and the paint applied thinly, almost like watercolour. The space seems compressed, with the farm buildings and ruins in the middle distance forming a single horizontal line.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1775 - 1862
Full title
Mountainous Landscape with Ruins and Buildings
Date made
1796
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on canvas
Dimensions
13 x 33.4 cm
Inscription summary
Inscribed
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
L864
Location in Gallery