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'L'Anconetta near Venice, a Sketch
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Ascribed to Wilson
'L'Anconetta near Venice, a Sketch
c.1765-70
Oil on canvas
27.6 x 41.5 cm
10 7/8 x 16 5/16 in.
Private Collection, England
BB22
NWP113D
A view from the mainland across the Venetian lagoon towards the Tower of Malghera and the city of Venice in the distance. On an island just offshore stands a small church among poplars and stone pines, into which a religious procession is passing. In the foreground are a prominent boat containing three figures, one holding a parasol, and further back a ferry bearing three people, cattle and a dog.
Brighton 1920 (37); Bangor 1925 (20); Exeter 1946 (67); Birmingham 1948-49 (22) London 1949 (21)
P. Sandby; Benjamin Booth; thence by descent
The colour range and technique are totally at variance with those of Wilson
[1] Centre of upper horizontal stretcher bar, indecipherable red seal
[1] Upper centre right of frame printed and written in Kenneth Garlick's handwriting: Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery | R. Wilson | 22 [pencil encircled] | L'Anconetta
L'Anconetta is a small island near Marghera, in the vicinity of Mestre on the Venetian Lagoon, on which stood the convent church of Santa Maria dell'Anconetta - a dependency of the Patriarch of Venice.
D19 A Sandalo, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
D193 Studio of Wilson, The Island of Anconetta, Venice, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
E19 John Roberts after Wilson, L'Anconetta, an Island near Venice, 1767, The British Museum
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P149 L'Anconetta near Venice, Private Collection, England
Francesco Guardi (1712-1793), The Island of Anconetta, Venice, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (inv. no. 184)
To outward appearances this seems to be a pastiche. However, in view of the Booth provenance it may have been repainted at an early date, as W.G. Constable believed - perhaps even by Paul Sandby, its first owner. Numerous versions and variations of the composition indicate its popularity in Wilson's lifetime and later.
Booth Notes, Doc. 9 (9 - L'Anconetta near Venice (a sketch)); WGC, pp. 192-93, pl. 66a, unnumbered variant; Walpole Society 1998-I, p. 16, BB22
Relined
24/09/2021