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Ronald Olley (b.1923) - c. 2000 Oil, The Borghese Gardens, Rome



A brightly coloured oil painting by the listed artist Ronald Olley, depicting the Villa Borghese Gardens in Rome with figures walking a dog in the foreground. This painting has been signed to the lower left and is well presented in a light brown frame with a gilt inner section where gold leaf has been applied. Signed. On board.


There is a small area along the left margin where some paint has just begun to peel away from the board. But the picture is otherwise in good condition and inspection under UV light reveals no restoration. The frame is also in good condition. Some areas where gold leaf has been applied to the frame has peeled off, revealing the red paint underneath, as shown.


22.2 x 32.9cm (8.7" x 13")
Framed Size: 37.2 x 47.2cm (14.6" x 18.6")

Collection Information

Sulis Fine Art is proud to present this fine collection of works from the studio of the British artist Ronald Olley. Some of the works bear the stamp 'ORO', which stands for Owen Ronald Olley, the artist's birthname.

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Artist Biography

Ronald Olley was born in 1923, and studied at both the Harrow Art School and the Central School, London. His father served as a soldier throughout the First World War, and Olley joined the army in 1942. He witnessed the bombing of Bath, England, before being stationed at El Alamein in Egypt, and Italy.

As well as landscape and figure painting, Olley has had numerous commissions for portraits, mainly of women and children. As one of the last artists to paint World War II from personal experience, a significant part of his portfolio depicts battlegrounds and war-torn landscapes. These have been painted using significant research and photographs, alongside Olley's own knowledge of the front line.

His work has been shown at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists, as well as in exhibitions at the Medici Gallery and at Duncan Campbell. His pictures have been bought by collectors in Europe, the USA, Australia, Africa and Japan.

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Code kk920
Artist Ronald Olley (b.1923)
Date c. 2000
Dimensions 22.2 x 32.9cm
Framed Yes
Medium Oil
Style Impressionism
Subject Landscape
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