Bidauld was in Italy from 1785–90. This view of the falls of Tivoli is characteristic of his studies, which are often highly finished. His foliage in particular is often meticulously delineated and here, the fall of sunlight on the leaves at the right and at the top is captured in minute touches of paint. Fluid strokes of white paint convey the waterfalls themselves, contrasting with the dark greens which are used for this area of deep shadow.
On loan from John Lishawa, © John Lishawa