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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.
Oil on paper laid on canvas
H 11.4 x W 16 cm