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L'Anconetta with Venice beyond
Private Collection, USA
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
L'Anconetta with Venice beyond
c.1762 (undated)
Oil on canvas
54.6 x 80.1 cm
21 1/2 x 31 1/2 in.
Private Collection, England
A view from the mainland across the 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. A procession is entering it as two worshippers look on. In the foreground are two figures in a boat and further out a prominent covered sandolo sails by.
London, RA Old Masters, 1885 (20 - Monastery of San Lazzaro, Venice, lent by James Orrock)
James Orrock, 48 Bedford Square, London W.C.; [...] Christie's 10 June 2003 (51); Private Collection, USA; Leland Little Auctions, 620 Cornerstone Court, Hillsborough, NC 27278, USA, 11 June 2022 (237); Private Collection, England.
In 2003 a piece of James Orrock's writing paper with his address, 48 Bedford Square, London, W.C. was listed as attached to the frame and reading: St.Lazzare Monastery | Venice | by Richard Wilson R.A.
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 and other impressions
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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)
Wilson must have seen the island and church during his stay in Venice from October 1750 to July 1751. This painting is one of eight documented versions, of which the prototype is that formerly in the collection of T.W. Bacon (location unknown).
WGC, p. 193, under pl. 66a (version 1, untraced)
Inscription on verso of frame: 'St. Lazzare Monastery | Venice | by Richard Wilson R.A.'
Unlined and uncleaned.