From 1788 Wallis was in Italy for a prolonged period, settling first in Naples and then in Rome. In this rapid sketch the countryside outside Rome is sombre under the rain. At the top pale blue sky is glimpsed behind a bank of rolling grey clouds and an area of pink at the right hints at a sunset. But the chief subject is the driving rain, rendered in diagonal strokes of grey and increasing in intensity towards the left.
On loan from John Lishawa, © John Lishawa