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A Torrent at Tivoli
Simon Denis

Denis painted this sketch while visiting the falls at Tivoli, probably in the early 1790s when he also painted the 'View of the Cascades at Tivoli'. Such sketches may have been made as studies for larger paintings or simply as studies for their own sake. Denis captures the effects of the foaming water gushing over rocks, its translucency and the shadows beneath its surface.

Key facts
Artist Simon Denis
Artist dates 1755 - 1813
Full title A Torrent at Tivoli
Date made about 1789-93
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on a plastic support
Dimensions 21.2 × 37.8 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L820
Location in Gallery Room 46
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