An Architectural Capriccio with Hermit, Bather and Washerwoman
Oil on canvas
A capriccio is a fantastic mixture of real and imaginary features, in this case of buildings.
A bell tower emerges from a ruined classical temple which has acquired some additional humble domestic elements. The figures reflect the same mix of sacred and secular. A hermit, or perhaps a priest, stares at a bathing girl from the bell tower, whilst a woman washes sheets in the water.
Robert specialised in architectural subjects which combined the ancient and contemporary buildings he saw during his stay in Italy (1754-65) and on his travels in France.
Purchased 1964 (No.64.4)