A Cliff Face

The location of the rock face shown here is not known, and the sketch does not seem to have been made in preparation for any of the artist's finished paintings. The pitted face of the rock is closely observed, as is the greenery that clings to it here and there.

Key facts

Artist dates
1827 - 1901
Full title
A Cliff Face
Date made
about 1850-5
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on canvas
23.1 × 32 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery