An Outcrop in the Campagna

This simple, quick image of a rocky outcrop silhouetted against a clear blue sky, was recently rediscovered when it appeared in a 1992 London sale. The sketch may date from the painting expedition in the Roman Campagna undertaken by Leighton, Giovanni Costa and William Blake Richmond (1842 - 1921) in the autumn of 1866. The directness with which the humble natural objects and the play of light are depicted are characteristic of Leighton's finest Italian oil sketches.

Key facts

Artist dates
1830 - 1896
Full title
An Outcrop in the Campagna
Date made
perhaps 1866
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
20.2 × 43.5 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery