The church of Santa Maria della Salute is regarded by many architectural historians as the masterpiece of Venetian Baroque. Baldessare Longhena drew his inspiration for the church's circular structure from the crown of the Virgin, mentioned in the Venetian litany to the Queen of Heaven, recited in times of plague. The church was constructed to commemorate a virulent plague of 1630, della Salute implying both health and salvation. The commission stipulated that the building should make a grand impression or 'bella figura'; the interior contains many works by Titian.
George Clarkson Stanfield was the son of (William) Clarkson Stanfield, who was a close friend of Dickens and painted much of the scenery for his private theatricals at Tavistock House. Father and son both painted coastal, river and shipping scenes, the son showing a marked preference for depicting the Rhine and the Italian Lakes. George Clarkson Stanfield exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1844 and 1876.