Attrib. James Holland, Study of Venice -Early 19th-century graphite drawing


An original early 19th-century graphite drawing, Attrib. James Holland Study of Venice.

A delicate graphite drawing, outlining the forms of a number buildings in a typically Venetian back street view. Attributed on the verso as shown.

James Holland (1799–1870) was an English painter in oils and watercolours of flowers, landscapes, architecture and marine subjects, and book illustrator. Holland produced numerous drawings for the illustrated annuals of the day, for which he travelled to some of Europe’s great cities: Venice, Milan, Geneva, and Paris. He became a full member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1858. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy, the British Institution, and the Society of British Artists.

On cream wove paper with distinctive watermark of a shield with a device of two clasped hands over an orb. This was possibly a French paper, as used by French artist Jean-Baptiste Isabey in 1823.

Inscribed lower right 'fruit shop, Venice'.
There are adhesive marks in the corners, minor age toning, and some tiny spots of foxing. There is some light creasing to the paper towards the edges, and a small scratch to the paper verso, which is visible on the front in the upper sky area.
19.9cm x 11.3cm.

Venice was an extremely popular artistic subject throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth century. One of the things that is unusual about this fine study, however, is the fact that it takes a relatively little-known corner of the city as its subject. Rather than the Grand Canal or St Mark's Square, this is a sketch of a fruit shop. The artist uses minimal means to trace the lines of the buildings: he is clearly interested in the shapes of a number of different Gothic arches, in particular.

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Product code: JJ-253

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