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    Sale 7728

    Victorian and British Impressionist Pictures including Drawings and Watercolours

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 42

    Edward William Cooke, R.A. (1811-1880)

    Venice from the Lagoon

    Price Realised  


    Edward William Cooke, R.A. (1811-1880)
    Venice from the Lagoon
    signed and dated 'E W Cooke. ARA. 1860' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    21¼ x 42¼ in. (54 x 107.3 cm.)

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    In the foreground of this picture the faint inscription 'Il Lagunetto' can be seen on the rowing boat. Cooke painted the majority of his views of Venice from the Lagoon and during his early career he wanted to be recognised in the same vein as his illustrious predecessor Giovanni Antonio Canal, 'Il Canaletto'. After the mid-1860s, however, when critics and patrons failed to pick up on this analogy, he refrained from using the inscription in his paintings.

    From the left, the view extends from San Servolo, with its twin slender towers, through to San Pietro in Castello, the leaning campanile.

    We are grateful to John Munday for his help in the preparation of this catalogue entry.

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    John Kermack; Christie's, London, 18 May 1899, lot 18 (165 gns to Vokins).
    Anon. sale [Polak]; Christie's, London, 23 February 1940, lot 98 (23 gns to Mitchell).