Jones dated this view 22 May 1777, and his memoir for that day confirms that he went to ‘Larici’ (Arricia) and to the small nearby village of ‘Galoro’ (Galloro), returning to Genzano ‘by the Appian Way to dinner by 4’. Most representations of Ariccia from this time show the more famous view looking up the rugged hill-face to Bernini’s Church of Santa Maria dell’Assunzione and the Palazzo Chigi. Jones instead shows it from the opposite side, from the south-east. This viewpoint is so rare that this watercolour was until recently misidentified as a convent at Albano.
Gallery label, April 2007