Coast scene, possibly Capri

The great rocky outcrop shown here recalls landscape features on the southern Italian coast. It may represent a coastal scene in Capri but the actual location still remains to be identified. The sketch is quite finished, with the entire surface of the paper covered in paint, and delicate strokes of colour carefully added to depict the water lapping the shore. A thin mauve line and a few boats on the distant horizon are all that distinguish the blue of the water from that of the sky. The rock itself is painted in stronger tones of brown and gold.

Key facts

Artist dates
1802 - 1842
Full title
Coast scene, possibly Capri
Date made
probably 1833
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on board
22.2 × 34.9 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery