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In a letter dated May 1987 from the artist, he described this painting as being composed of imaginary fragments of architecture, fountains, gargoyles and other classical 'fauna' all placed in the later afternoon sun. 'When I had been in Rome (Stahl had been a Rome Scholar at the British School in Rome) several years before, I had come across similar real arrangements in fields off the Via Appia Antica.
oil on canvas
H 152.5 x W 121.9 cm
purchased from the artist, 1985
verso r: STAHL BIRD AND FOUNTAIN