Views of Italy: M. Abercrombie 1885

Views of Italy: M. Abercrombie 1885

This delightful collection of works by British traveller M. Abercrombie comprises charming views painted on a tour of Italy in 1885. Iconic subjects include views of the Santa Maria Della Salute and the San Giorgio dei Greci in Venice; the Tower of Mangia in Siena; the waterfront at Bellagio on Lake Como; the Temple of Minerva Medica and Porta San Giovanni in Rome; and coastal views at Amalfi and Capri. The pictures communicate a sense of the region's warmth, with clear blue skies and the orange-pink tones of Venice's brickwork.

This artist's tour also encompasses the Swiss Alpine locations of Zermatt and the Matterhorn, and Cannes on France's Côte d’Azur—all popular destinations for the 19th-century tourist. The pictures include vantage points titled 'From my window, Bellevue, Beatenberg' or 'La mia Camera, Venezia' (My Room, Venice), giving a sense of the gentile experience of hotel travel amongst the privileged at this time. Many of the scenes are populated with small figures, horses and carts or soldiers, providing an animated sense of place—the local people providing as much fascination to this Victorian British traveller as the region's landscapes and architecture.

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