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George Heming Mason, 'The Villa Borghese', about 1852-3

Key facts
Full title The Villa Borghese
Artist George Heming Mason
Artist dates 1818 - 1872
Date made about 1852-3
Medium and support Oil on paper mounted on board
Dimensions 13.5 × 36.1 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L857
Location On loan: Gere Collection Paintings to the Ashmolean (2024 - 2026), The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, UK
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
The Villa Borghese
George Heming Mason

This sketch was painted in the gardens of the Villa Borghese, which was a popular site for landscape painters in Rome. Mason uses loose but confident brushstrokes to depict the foliage of the trees and the shadows on the walls below.

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