View in Capri

In this sketch Leighton looks down onto the roofs of a small group of simple peasant houses. With their light colour, distinctive shallow domes and chimneys, they stand in stark contrast to the landscape they inhabit. A trail winds its way across a steep crest of hills. The distant summit is almost exactly at the vertical midpoint of the painting. At left, the steep cliffs fall away to the sea.

Key facts

Artist dates
1830 - 1896
Full title
View in Capri
Date made
perhaps 1859
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
21.2 × 29.3 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery