At Vignetta, near Lecco, ItalyArtist:
, British, 1852 - 1917
Material and Medium: watercolour on paper
Dimensions: Frame: 311 x 311mm
Sight size: 117 x 131mm
Accession Number: CGSG00045
The town and lake of Lecco is in northern Italy. It is a tributary of Lake Como and is surrounded by lush hills and rocky mountains. In this watercolour, made for John Ruskin, Randal seems to follow Ruskin’s instructions from an earlier visit to Lecco: 'always try to get interesting groups of cottages…near rock.'
Ruskin sent Randal to Lecco to holiday over the winter. In reality, he was still expected to work for Ruskin while there, and was sent regular instructions: 'Get a warm cell of a lodging under the rocks, with windows to the lake, and study skies and distant mountains, until further orders; and row and fish, if the days are fine, but don't work more than five minutes of sketch in pencil out of doors.'
Randal himself complained to Ruskin about the wintery weather, but most of his views at Lecco are clear and bright, suggesting he did enjoy some sun too.