Coast scene, possibly Capri

probably 1833, Thomas Fearnley

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

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The great rocky outcrop shown here recalls landscape features on the southern Italian coast. It may represent a coastal scene in Capri but the actual location still remains to be identified. The sketch is quite finished, with the entire surface of the paper covered in paint, and delicate strokes of colour carefully added to depict the water lapping the shore. A thin mauve line and a few boats on the distant horizon are all that distinguish the blue of the water from that of the sky. The rock itself is painted in stronger tones of brown and gold.

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