The Villa Borghese

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1818 - 1872
Full title
The Villa Borghese
Date made
about 1852-3
Medium and support
Oil on paper mounted on board
13.5 × 36.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery