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George Augustus Wallis, Rocks, Tree Trunks and Branches

Key facts
Full title Rocks, Tree Trunks and Branches
Artist George Augustus Wallis
Artist dates 1761 - 1847
Date made about 1800
Medium and support Oil on paper
Dimensions 46.2 × 44.3 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L872
Location Not on display
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
Rocks, Tree Trunks and Branches
George Augustus Wallis

This bleak yet powerful depiction of rocks and branches was probably painted during Wallis's stay in Italy between 1788 and 1806. The artist often chose such simple subjects, also recording rocky outcrops, forest paths, ancient ruins overgrown with greenery, and as here, the accidental conjunctions of nature. In this painting Wallis deftly records the texture of moss on rocks and bark.

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