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'L'Anconetta near Venice'
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
'L'Anconetta near Venice'
c.1765 (undated)
Oil on canvas
16.5 x 22.9 cm
6 1/2 x 9 in.
Private Collection, England
Brighton 1920 (31 - Seascape); Exeter 1946 (57 - Seascape, near Venice);London 1968 (9); London, Cardiff and New Haven, 1982-83 (109); Conwy 2009 (17); Weston 2011 (19); Gainsborough House 2014 (unnumbered)
Benjamin Booth; thence by descent
This painting depicts the small church of Sta Maria dell'Anconetta. L'Anconetta is a small island near Marghera, off Mestre, on which the church of Sta Maria dell'Anconetta was built. The church and its community were dependent on the Patriarch of Venice.
D193 Studio of Wilson, The Island of Anconetta, Venice, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
E72/25 Thomas Hastings after Wilson, Untitled ['L'Anconetta near Venice'], The British Museum (1854,0708.82) and other impressions
The style of this dramatic landscape though dark, is reminiscent of Francesco Guardi. The title comes from Benjamin Booth's list but the buildings are not identical with those in Wilson's other views of the island of Anconetta or that by Guardi. Gareth Williams has commented that it is likely that the present work, with its loose handling of paint, was produced by Wilson after his return to England. There are similarities between the tower, its two upper openings and the arched superstructure with elements of the Torre delle Grotte (see D207 Torre delle Grotte, Tate, London).
Booth Notes Doc. 9 (*2); WGC, pp. 79, 193, pl. 66c; Solkin 1982, p. 219, no. 109; Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 16, BB21; Lord 2009, p. 56, no. 17; Williams 2011, p. 30, repr.
The title was given by Benjamin Booth in the 1790s. A small church called Sta Maria l'Anconetta existed in Venice near San Marcuola until it was demolished in 1855.