Ponte Loreto near Nettuno

Thomas Jones British, Welsh

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 806

This painting is the definitive visual record of a sketching excursion undertaken on May 1, 1777. Jones’s diary entry for that day recounts how he and a small party descended from the Alban Hills, seen in the background, initially to draw in Civita Lavinia (Lanuvio), the hill town in the middle distance. Narrowly avoiding a scrape with an intemperate dog and a clutch of stone-wielding children, the company followed the road out of town until they reached the ancient Roman bridge seen in the foreground, which they sketched before returning to their "head quarters" in the village of Genzano.

Ponte Loreto near Nettuno, Thomas Jones (British, Trevonen, Wales 1742–1803 Pencerrig, Wales), Oil on paper, laid down on canvas

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