View of L'Anconetta, near Venice

View of L'Anconetta, near Venice
View of L'Anconetta, near Venice
View of L'Anconetta, near Venice
Christie's Images Limited 2014
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Studio of Wilson
View of L'Anconetta, near Venice
Oil on canvas
Metric: 35.9 x 44.5 cm
Imperial: 14 1/8 x 17 1/2 in.
Private Collection
Wilson Online Reference
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 figures and a prominent covered sandolo.
William Ormsby-Gore, 4th Baron Harlech, KG, GCMG (1885-1964), Brogyntyn, Oswestry, Shropshire; Sotheby's London, 1 February 1956 (39), bt Wilton Gallery (27 gns); Sotheby's London, 17 June 1970 (2), bt J. Graffy (266 gns); Sotheby's London 4 April 1973 (44), bt by Oscar and Peter Johnson, Ltd, Lowndes Lodge Gallery, London; Christie's 8 June 2006 (59); anon sale, Christie's London, 30 April 2010 (70); Estates of J W T & S M F Tapp, Southborough House, Surbiton; Dreweatts & Bloomsbury, Newbury, 27 June 2017 (7)
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.
Related Drawings
D19 A Sandalo, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
D193 Studio of Wilson, The Island of Anconetta, Venice, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Related Prints
E19 Roberts after Wilson, L'Anconetta, an Island near Venice, The British Museum
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Related Paintings
P149 L'Anconetta near Venice, Private Collection, England
Critical commentary
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. The present version is smaller, proportionally taller and incorporates a slightly wider panorama. It omits the landing stage and boat to the right of the island.
WGC, p. 192, pl. 66a (version 5)
Link to WG Constable Archive Record
According to Drewatts & Bloomsbury 2017: Canvas has been relined. Evidence of old craquelure to the sky. Inspection under UV reveals evidence of retouching to the trees and the water. There are some further scattered patches to the sky. In good restored condition.
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2021-09-24 00:00:00