10 June 2003
James Holland (1799-1870)
The Colleoni Monument, Venice
signed and dated 'James Holland 1845' (lower right)
oil on canvas
39¾ x 50 in. (101 x 127 cm.)
Edward Heritage, by 1874.
Frederic Elkington, by 1905.
James Orrock; by whom sold to Sir William Lever, 1910 (WHL no. 80).
The Trustees of the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, coming from the Collection of the Ist Lord Leverhulme, and sold by permission of the Court; Christie's, London, 6 June 1958, lot 128 (380 gns. to M. Bernard).
with Arthur Tooth & Sons, London, by 1959.
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Possibly London, Society of British Artists, 1845.
London, British Institution, 1851, no. 112.
Manchester, The Royal Jubilee Exhibition, 1887, no. 913.
Glasgow, 1901, no. 125.
London, Royal Academy, Winter Exhibition, 1906, no. 63.
'I do not believe there is a more glorious work of sculpture existing in the world' wrote Ruskin of this monument. A tribute to Bartolomeo Colleoni, the condottiere who had died in 1475 leaving the bulk of his fortune to Venice, it was designed by Andrea Verrochio and cast by Alessandro Leopardi, by whom it was unveiled in 1496. It stands in the Campo of San Giovanni e Paolo: the great church, consecrated in 1430, rises behind the monument to the left.
The picture is one of the largest of James Holland's Venetian views and was amongst the first to enter the collection of the first Lord Leverhulme, having first passed through the hands of that notable broker of early twentieth century taste, James Orrock.
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