The bold geometry of this view is underpinned by distinct zones of light and shadow, realized in a limited range of colors and hues applied with broad strokes of the brush. Fleury visited the Bay of Naples and Ischia with Corot in spring 1828. During his Italian sojourn (1827–29) he also painted alongside Aligny and Édouard Bertin; they had become friends in Paris while studying with the landscape painter Jean Victor Bertin.
the artist, Paris (possibly his sale, Hôtel des Ventes, Paris, April 22–23, 1844, no. 23, "Vue du Golfe de Naples, prise de l'ile d'Ischia"); possibly uncatalogued sale, said to have included sketches by Léon Fleury, Hôtel Drouot (salle 13), Paris, first half of December 1970; Pierre Miquel, Paris; [Galerie Lestranger, Paris, in 2006]; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (until 2009)
New York. Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, in association with. Galerie Lestranger. "Landscape Painting in France and Italy 1780–1860," January 19–February 25, 2006, no. 32 (as "View of an Inland Village on the Island of Ischia").
New York. Morgan Library & Museum. "Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection," January 23–August 30, 2009, unnum. checklist (as "View of a Village on Ischia").
Jérôme Binda inLandscape Painting in France and Italy 1780–1860. Exh. cat., Salander-O'Reilly Galleries. New York, 2006, pp. 74–75, no. 32, ill. (color), observes that this sketch is stylistically consistent with others painted by Fleury during his trip to Naples in 1828; suggests that this work was possibly included in Salon of 1833 as part of no. 927, and possibly included in the sale held by the artist in Paris on April 22–23, 1844, as either no. 23 or 56.
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 124, no. 67, ill. (color), calls it "A Village on Ischia (Fontana?)".