5 July 2016
James Holland, O.W.S. (Burslem, Staffordshire 1799-1870 London)
signed, inscribed and numbered 'No. 2;/Venice, Evening/James Holland 3 Union Place/Blackheath Road' (on the artist's label attached to the backboard)
pencil and watercolour with gum arabic heightened with touches of white and with scratching out
11 x 19 5/8 in. (28 x 49.8 cm.)
The Rev. Dr. Proctor, 1837.
with The Fine Art Society, London.
with Leger Galleries, London, 1987 and 1990.
The Fuller Collection; Christie's, London, 7 April 2000, lot 65.
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London, Old Water-Colour Society, 1836, no. 37, as 'Venice'.
London, Bankside Gallery, Visions of Venice: Watercolours and Drawings from Turner to Procktor, 1990, no. 25, p. 48.
Holland first exhibited a view of Venice at the Old Watercolour Society in 1836, immediately following his first visit to the city. The watercolour was bought by John James Ruskin, John Ruskin's father. Ruskin only made a brief reference to Holland in his writings, as a painter of calm water; however, he first noticed the artist in 1836 and so was presumably refering to his father's watercolour. The following year Holland exhibited three views of Venice, among them this spectacular sunset.
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