9 June 2006
Walter Richard Sickert, A.R.A. (1860-1942)
A quiet canal, Venice
oil on board
7½ x 5¾ in. (19 x 14.5 cm.)
with Tooth's, London.
with Agnew's, London.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 22 June 1994, lot 51, where purchased by the present owner.
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L. Browse, Sickert, London, 1960, another version illustrated pl. 32 as 'Santa Maria Formosa'.
Woollahra, Australia, David Cook, Sickert and Pissarro, September - October 1989, no. 10.
Sickert visited Venice in 1901 and this painting is almost certainly one of several sketches that he made during this year of Santa Maria della Maddalena. This small-domed church dates from around 1760 and was designed by Tommaso Temanza. It is situated in a relatively secluded part of the Cannaregio district, and Sickert painted his subject from the Ponte Correr on the Fondamenta delle Colonnette.
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Please note that this painting should be dated circa 1903. Please also note that the painting was previously owned by Sir Tristan Antico. The present work will be included in Dr Wendy Baron's forthcoming monograph to be published in the autumn of 2006, Sickert: Paintings & Drawings, listed under catalogue number 181, as 'Santa Maria Maddalena'.
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