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During his second trip to Rome in 1828, Turner spent some weeks painting in a studio, the first and only time he seems to have done so in a foreign country. This impressive, but unfinished, canvas appears to date from that period. Sketches documenting his route south between Florence and Rome suggest that the location is somewhere near the town of Orvieto, possibly Civita di Bagnoregio. There is a freshness and vitality about the lush green hills and distant waterfall, although the artist would have added a far greater level of detail to the work before declaring it complete.

February 2010