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.
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