Painted in Italy on Cropsey's first European trip, this study has the freshness and immediacy of a sketch made outdoors. Cropsey depicted the texture of the leaves with a variety of lively brushstrokes, while carefully rendering the subtle distinctions in the range of greens.
Lower center: J.F Cropsey l'Arricia/Sept 1848-
The artist; with Victor Spark, New York, 1945; to Maxim Karolik, Newport, R.I., 1945; to MFA, 1947, gift of Martha C. (Mrs. Maxim) Karolik.
Gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815–1865