The Fourvière Hill at Lyon

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.

Key facts

Full title
The Fourvière Hill at Lyon
Date made
about 1780
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on wood
22.3 × 39.5 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery