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View of the Roman Campagna
George Augustus Wallis

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.

Key facts
Artist George Augustus Wallis
Artist dates 1761 - 1847
Full title View of the Roman Campagna
Date made 1794-1806
Medium and support Oil on paper laid down on canvas
Dimensions 14 × 23.1 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from John Lishawa
Inventory number L1237
Location in Gallery Room 46
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