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St George's Garden, Venice (Part of the Giudecca from the Island of San Giorgio, Venice)
Private Collection, England / Photograph by John Hammond
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
St George's Garden, Venice (Part of the Giudecca from the Island of San Giorgio, Venice)
c.1751 (undated)
Red chalk and bistre wash
153 x 197 mm
6 x 7 3/4 in.
Private Collection, England
RF57
D18
Exeter 1946 (35); London, Cardiff and New Haven, 1982-83 (13)
William Lock; his sale, Sotheby's 3 May 1821; Marianne Ford; thence by descent
Inscribed by Wilson along the upper edge in red chalk: Venice over against St George's Garden. Built | before Venice
Brinsley Ford proposed that a knowledge of Francesco Zuccarelli's drawings might have suggested Wilson's choice of media since the combination of red chalk and bistre wash 'is often found in that artist's drawings, whereas this use of it by Wilson is unique' (Ford 1951, p. 51).
In the 1982 Tate exhibition catalogue, David Solkin argued that topographical evidence does not support Wilson's inscribed title and that the drawing rather depicts part of the Giudecca from the Island of San Giorgio. In the 18th century, medieval towers of the type depicted no longer existed at St George's Gardens but were still to be seen along the eastern tip of the Giudecca, just across a canal from the small island of San Giorgio, from where Wilson presumably took his view.
D18A Tower on a Mole, The British Museum (1881,0212.57)
Ford 1951, p. 51, pl. 2; Solkin 1982, p. 154 ; Walpole Society 1998-1, p. 69, RF57
Much disfigured by foxing, especially in the sky