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An Outcrop in the Campagna
Frederic, Lord Leighton

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 Frederic, Lord Leighton
Artist dates 1830 - 1896
Full title An Outcrop in the Campagna
Date made perhaps 1866
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 20.2 × 43.5 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L852
Location in Gallery Room 46
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
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