The rustic and asymmetrical stone house is set high on a rocky hill overlooking a distant domed church and bell tower at right, perhaps a monastery, and the blue sea beyond. A cross hanging on the closed door at right and the two cloaked figures sketched in pencil huddled in front of it, suggest that this may be a charitable shelter, perhaps for pilgrims making their way to Rome.
A Rustic House by the Sea
Medium and support
Pencil and oil on paper laid on canvas
21 × 28.5 cm
Dated and inscribed
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Location in Gallery