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Possibly by Lord Frederic Leighton, Houses in Capri

Key facts
Full title Houses in Capri
Artist Possibly by Lord Frederic Leighton
Artist dates 1830 - 1896
Date made perhaps 1859
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 22.3 × 38.5 cm
Inscription summary Inscribed
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L846
Location Not on display
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
Houses in Capri
Possibly by Lord Frederic Leighton

Leighton first visited the island of Capri in 1859. He delighted in painting the local architecture with its jumble of humble, white-washed houses and narrow, angular streets, and the rugged hills at the centre of the island which tower over the buildings. However, it is possible that the site depicted here is not Capri. An inscription on the edging paper reads: 'Matera (Poulu)'. The inland town of Matera is a provincial capital in Southern Italy. It is not known whether Leighton visited the town, but he did travel in Southern Italy in the spring and summer of 1859.

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