Venice, the Grand Canal, view of the Piazzetta - William James

Venice, the Grand Canal, view of the Piazzetta

William JAMES
( 1730 - 1780)

oil on canvas
H: 0,77 m; W: 1,27 m

Provenance: Sotheby’s London, March the 8th 1989, n°74
London, Richard Green Gallery

William James was a London landscape painter. He exhibited in London from 1761 until 1771, at the Society of Artists and The Royal Academy. In 1766, he became a member of the Society of Artists and painted twenty pictures. When Canaletto came to London, he became a pupil and subsequently his assistant and his style is certainly very similar to that of the Venetian artist. He did not confine himself to Venetian views alone but also executed a number of views of London in the manner of Samuel Scott. Examples of the artist’s work can be found in the Royal Collection, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and at Hampton Court.

Our painting represents one of the most famous view of Venice. In the foreground, the Piazzetta with the San Teodoro’s column, first patron of Venice, and the Libreria Vecchia, also known as Libreria Marciana. In the distance, on the other side of the Grand Canal, la Punta de La Dogana and the fine church of Santa Maria de La Salute. On the left, the church of the Redentore.

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