Thomas Jones

Ariccia, Buildings on the Edge of the Town. Verso: Relative Positions of the Benedictine Convent of the Madona of the Galoro near Larici and the Gardens of the Convent of the Capuchins at Albano as Well as the Dome of the Church at L’Arriccia


Thomas Jones 1742–1803
Watercolour and graphite on paper. Verso: graphite on paper
Support: 284 × 429 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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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

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