The Resegone of Lecco, Italy, 6.30 pmArtist:
, British, 1852 - 1917
Material and Medium: watercolour and bodycolour on paper
Dimensions: Frame: 650 x 495 x 20mm
Mount: 459 x 612mm
Support: 220 x 352mm
Accession Number: CGSG00297
The ‘Resegone’ mountain dominates Lake Lecco, near Milan. Painting it at 6.30pm, Randal has brought the clefts in the rock into sharp relief. His companion piece to this work, painted at 8.00am shows the mountain in much hazier light, and focuses on the Pass il Fo, the mountain pass at the far right of this work. Randal probably painted these scenes in response to a letter from John Ruskin: 'it happens just now that I am more interested in mountains than anything, and in clouds next.'
The name 'Resegone', comes from the Italian word ‘sega’, meaning saw, or résega, in the Milanese dialect. Ruskin pointed out the strata and jagged peaked formation of this mountain in his book 'Modern Painters', writing: 'Such mountains are not merely successions of irregular peaks, more or less resembling the edge of a much-hacked sword; they are orderly successions of teeth set in one direction, closely resembling those of a somewhat overworn saw.'