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British (?), The Fourvière Hill at Lyon

Key facts
Full title The Fourvière Hill at Lyon
Artist British (?)
Date made about 1780
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on wood
Dimensions 22.3 × 39.5 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L823
Location Room 42
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
The Fourvière Hill at Lyon
British (?)

The site has not been identified. The view is taken from the foot of a hill looking up towards a wall, perhaps ancient Roman in origin, and a red brick town beyond it. A villa, its cornice lined with free-standing statues, stands at the top of the hill in an enclosed, tree-filled garden. The russet tonality of the landscape and the crisp architectural forms contrast with the blue of the sky and the rolling clouds.

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