Palm, the foremost Swedish painter of neoclassical landscapes, studied in Rome from 1841 until 1851. He visited the gardens of the Villa Borghese often, as attested by this work as well as numerous dated sketches now in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. He did not consider his oil studies to be finished works, but when a selection was exhibited in Stockholm in 1850, the public responded enthusiastically.
Inscription: Inscribed and dated (lower left): Villa Borghese / 1844
[John Lishawa, London]; [Crawley & Asquith, London, in 1988]; sale, Sotheby's, New York, May 27, 2004, no. 98, for $14,400; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (by 2007–9)
London. Crawley & Asquith Ltd and John Lishawa. "The Art of the Landscape: Classical, Neo-Classical & en plein-air 1650–1900," July 1988, no. 57 (as "Villa Borghese, Entrance to Jardino del Largo").
New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "City of the Soul: Rome and the Romantics," June 17–September 11, 2016.
The Art of the Landscape: Classical, Neo-Classical & en plein-air 1650–1900. Exh. cat., Crawley & Asquith Ltd with John Lishawa. London, 1988, pp. 100–101, no. 57, ill.
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 137, no. 107, ill. (color), calls it "Entrance to the Giardino del Lago, Villa Borghese, Rome".