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A Wall in Naples
Thomas Jones
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A Wall in Naples is not much larger than a postcard. The shuttered windows, irregular pattern of scaffolding holes, patchy cement and water stain from chamber pots thrown out of the window are the freshly observed details of a particular wall, although Jones may have adjusted these slightly to enhance his composition. The sketch is painted from a close viewpoint, probably across the narrow street from Thomas Jones’s roof terrace. The rectangle of sky is intensely blue suggesting that it was a very hot day in mid-summer, probably in August 1782.

The small oil sketches on paper painted in Naples during 1782 have become the best known of all the work that Jones painted during his seven-year stay in Italy. A Wall in Naples is one of five studies of buildings from high viewpoints, which are considered the most original work of his career.

Key facts
Artist Thomas Jones
Artist dates 1742 - 1803
Full title A Wall in Naples
Date made about 1782
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on canvas
Dimensions 11.4 x 16 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1993
Inventory number NG6544
Location in Gallery Room 46
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