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L'Anconetta with Venice beyond
Photo: Simon Folkes, ACR
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
L'Anconetta with Venice beyond
c.1762 (undated)
Oil on canvas
55 x 80.1 cm
21 5/8 x 31 1/2 in.
Private Collection, England
P113
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, Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278, USA, 11 June 2022 (237); Private Collection, England.
Unsigned
[1] Right of upper horizontal member of stretcher: faint indistinguishable black saleroom [Christie's?] stamp
[1] Right vertical member of stretcher, white chalk inscription: '51 10 JUNE 03'
Verso:
[1] Upper horizontal member of frame, centre: A much decayed fragment of James Orrock's writing paper with his handwritten address, '48 Bedford Square, London, W.C.' and 'St.Lazzare Monastery | Venice | by Richard Wilson R.A.'
[2] Upper left corner of stretcher: modern printed Christie's label
[3] Centre of upper horizontal member of stretcher: Typed conservator's label
[4] Centre right of upper horizontal member of stretcher: handwritten round label: D | 719
[5] Lower left vertical member of stretcher: Old torn, indistinguishable label
[6] Centre left of lower horizontal member of stretcher: Old indistinguishable label
[7] Partly obscuring [6] above: Old round serrated indistinguishable label
[8] Right of lower horizontal member of stretcher: Printed RA 1885 Old Masters Exhibition label (20 - lent James Orrock)
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)
No crossbars to stretcher. Leland Little condition assessment May 2022: Wax lining; minor retouch to sky and minor craquelure retouch visible under UV light; minor rubbing to frame. Conserved 2022 by Simon Folkes.
17/11/2022