27 November 2002
Edward William Cooke, R.A. (1811-1880)
San Giorgio Maggiore and the Salute, Venice, with Fishing Craft of Chioggia and the Lagune
signed and inscribed 'COOKE.VENEZIA.' (lower right) and inscribed 'IL LAGUNETTO' (on the craft at the left)
oil on canvas
27½ x 42¼ in. (69.8 x 102.3 cm.)
Sold by the artist to W. Bashall, Farington Park, Preston in 1853 for £200.
Important Modern Pictures, removed from Cragside, Rothbury, forming a portion of the Armstrong heirlooms; Christie's, 24 June 1910, lot 49, (145 gns. to Agnews).
Sotheby's, London, 9 April 1980, lot 1.
with Owen Edgar Gallery, London.
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Art Journal, 1853, p. 146.
John Munday, E.W. Cooke 1811-1880 - A Man of his Time, Woodbridge, 1996, p. 346, no. (illustrated p. 190, pl.128).
Royal Academy, London, 1853, no. 293.
This picture was exhibited at the Royal Academy in the same year, and in the same gallery, as the previous lot. The Art Journal commented: 'The dispositions here are similar to those in the picture by this artist already mentioned - that is, the buildings are secondary. The fishing boats with every peculiarity of their form and equipage, are studiously detailed, and the buildings are not less careful'.
The picture formerly belonged to Sir William, later Lord Armstrong, a scientist and industralist who amassed a magnificent collection of pictures at Cragside, Northumberland, his house designed by Richard Norman Shaw.
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