The evidence of Lucas’s few known plein-air oil studies suggests that his practice of painting out of doors evolved from close-up sketches of landscape details to broad views such as this one, the product of a tour of southern Italy in summer and fall 1832. In contrast to the open brushwork found here, Lucas’s studio paintings are meticulously finished (though no less panoramic), betraying the influence of Joseph Anton Koch, the dean of the German artists’ colony in Rome.
[art market, Frankfurt; sold to Busche]; Busche, Dortmund (by 1953–at least 1972); private collection, Germany; [C. G. Boerner, New York, 1998]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (by 2002–9)
Dortmund. Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte. "Blick aus dem Fenster: Gemälde und Zeichnungen der Romantik und des Biedermeier," July–October 1956, no. 89 as "Apenninlandschaft," lent by a private collector.
New York. Pierpont Morgan Library. "The Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994," September 27, 2002–January 19, 2003, no. 97.
Gisela Bergsträsser. August Lucas, 1803–1863. Exh. cat., Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt. Darmstadt, 1953, unpaginated, no. 65, groups it among works executed in Italy in 1829–34.
Andreas Franzke. August Lucas, 1803–1863: Katalog der Gemälde und Handzeichnungen. Darmstadt, 1972, pp. 17, 38, no. G 17, ill., calls it "Gebirgslandschaft bei Sorrent".
Deutsche Zeichnungen 1600–1900 / German Drawings 1600–1900. Exh. cat., New York C. G. Boerner. Düsseldorf, 1999, p. 36, ill. (color), states that this is one of five known plein-air sketches by the artist painted from the same early period of his career; notes that a similar view appears in a drawing in the Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt.
Rhoda Eitel-Porter inThe Thaw Collection: Master Drawings and Oil Sketches, Acquisitions Since 1994. Exh. cat., Pierpont Morgan Library. New York, 2002, pp. 210–11, no. 97, ill. (color).
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 133, no. 96, ill. (color), calls it "View of Monte Sant'Angelo from the Villa Auriemma near Sorrento".