Santa Maria della Salute attributed to William James

  • This monumental Venetian scene is attributed to British landscape painter William James
  • The artist is famed for his brightly hued canvases of Venice such as this
  • The view from the Grand Canal captures the imposing and majestic cityscape of Venice
  • James' technical precision and lively brushwork are striking in this luminous oil on canvas
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Attributed to William James
Fl. 1754-1771 | British 

Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, with Gondolas 

Oil on canvas 

This stunning Venetian scene is attributed to the celebrated 18th-century topographical artist William James. His brightly colored canvases of Venice are his most famous, earning him a reputation as the leading Venetian subject artist of his day. In the present work, he captures with remarkable detail the famed Grand Canal, one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. To the right, the soaring dome and impressive facade of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute is rendered with the thoroughness and precision for which James' best works are renowned.

Though he is known to have been active in London between 1754 and 1771, very little is known about James’ personal life. What is known is that he never left England, relying on the images of other artists to create his own, unique interpretations. A student of the London artist Samuel Scott, he was also a pupil of the great Venetian painter Canaletto, who undoubtedly had a tremendous influence on James' output. His works gained him a great deal of attention, and he exhibited at the Society of Artists of Great Britain from 1761 to 1768, and at the Royal Academy from 1769 to 1771. He was invited to become a member of the Society of Artists in 1766. Today, his works are represented in the Royal Collection at Hampton Court and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. 

Canvas: 35 7/8” high x 54 5/8” wide
Frame: 46 5/8” high x 65 1/8” wide
Santa Maria della Salute attributed to William James
Maker: James, William
Period: 1700-1815
Origin: England
Type: Paintings
Depth: 3.0 Inches
Width: 65.13 Inches
Height: 46.63 Inches
Canvas Width: 54 5/8 Inches
Canvas Height: 35 7/8 Inches

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