11 June 2004
Edward William Cooke, R.A. (1811-1880)
The Arrival of Otho, ex-King of Greece, at Venice, 29th October, 1862, in H.M. Corvette 'Scylla', 21 guns, Captain Rowley Lambert.
signed and inscribed 'E.W. Cooke. R.A. F.R.S. VENEZIA' (lower left) and signed, dated and inscribed 'The arrival of Otho (Ex King of Greece) at Venice 29th Oct. 1862 in H.M. Corviette Scylla 21 Guns Capt Rowley Lambert The view comprises the Riva degli Schiavoni and the Giardini Pubblicci on the left Lido & San Servolo (Hospital) on the right E.W.Cooke R.A. F.R.S. July 1865' (on an old label on the reverse)
oil on canvas
19½ x 37½ in. (49.5 x 95 cm.)
C.J. Palmer (+); Christie's, London, 16 May 1868, lot 101 (240 gns).
Mrs Rachel Beer; Christie's, London, 22 July 1927 (24 gns).
with Cooling Galleries, London.
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J. Munday, E.W. Cooke 1811-1880, 1996, pp. 183, 353.
London, British Institution, 1866, no. 1.
Whilst staying in Venice the sound of the gun salute brought Cooke out to see H.M. ship bearing the deposed King of Greece, Otho of Bavaria, anchoring off the Riva. Flag etiquette is observed with the ex-King's standard still flying at the masthead. Cooke captured the scene in a spirited composition which was subsequently exhibited at the British Institution.
Born in Salzburg in 1815 Otho, son of King Louis I of Bavaria, was chosen by the conference of London in 1832 to occupy the newly created throne of Greece. His power rested solely on the support of the Bavarian army and he was deposed in 1862. Prince George of Denmark was then elected King in his place.
We are grateful to John Munday for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.
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