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Possibly by Théodore Caruelle d'Aligny, Ruined Column in the Baths of Caracalla, Rome

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Full title Ruined Column in the Baths of Caracalla, Rome
Artist Possibly by Théodore Caruelle d'Aligny
Artist dates 1798 - 1871
Date made 1824-7
Medium and support Oil on paper laid down on canvas
Dimensions 42.7 × 28 cm
Inscription summary Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit Presented by the Lishawa family, 2018
Inventory number NG6673
Location Room 42
Collection Main Collection
Ruined Column in the Baths of Caracalla, Rome
Possibly by Théodore Caruelle d'Aligny

The Baths of Caracalla, Rome’s second largest public baths, was a popular site for oil-sketching. Here the foreground is broadly worked, the grass flatly painted in a bright lemon green. By contrast the architecture is more sharply and intricately painted, with details in the dark red brickwork picked out, such as the archway at the lower left. The ruined column is starkly defined against the sun-drenched sky, making for a highly dramatic view.

The glossy surface to the architecture combined with the high-keyed tonality has led to this sketch being attributed to Théodore Caruelle d'Aligny, a historical landscapist who made his debut at the Salon in 1822 with Daphnis and Chloe (now lost). From 1824 to 1827 he lived and worked in Italy, where he became friends with Jean-Baptiste- Camille Corot, who was in Italy between 1825 and 1828.

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