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

This sketch has been attributed to Caruelle d’Aligny, who was in Italy from 1824–7, where he met and became friends with Corot. The Baths of Caracalla, built of dark red brick, was a popular site for oil-sketching. While the foreground is broadly painted, the architecture is more sharply and intricately painted, with details in the brick work picked out. The ruined column is starkly defined against the sun-drenched sky, making for a highly dramatic view.

Key facts
Artist Possibly by Théodore Caruelle d'Aligny
Artist dates 1798 - 1871
Full title Ruined Column in the Baths of Caracalla, Rome
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 On loan from John Lishawa
Inventory number L1236
Location in Gallery Room 46
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