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James Holland
Carnevale di Venezia - Large 19th Century Oil Painting of Venice Carnival Italy

Circa 1845

About the Item

‘Carnevale di Venezia’ by James Holland RWS (1799-1870). The painting – which depicts an extensive view of the Grand Canal with hundreds of masked revellers before the Ducal Palace at the entrance to St. Mark’s Square – hangs in a fine quality gold metal leaf frame. Although primarily a watercolour painter, James Holland was equally comfortable working in oils and is regarded today as one of the finest colourists of the 19th century British School. Holland’s oils of Venice show two quite different stylistic phases; the first demonstrating his precise draftsmanship lasted until around 1845 and a second period thereafter in which his execution became much loser and his colouring even more vibrant. This has led to some confusion over the attribution of some of his work. His name has also been mistakenly attached to several paintings by the Victorian landscape painter John Holland (1830-1886) of Nottingham but their techniques, subjects, and in particular palettes are quite different. Between 1815 and 1869 James Holland exhibited 32 pictures at the Royal Academy, 91 at the British Institution, 108 at the Society of British Artists, and 194 at the Old Watercolour Society. Academy Fine Paintings only offers artwork for sale in the finest condition it can be for its age, having been professionally cleaned, conserved, and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary. Dimensions: (framed) 120cm x 146cm (47¼” x 57½”) Dimensions: (canvas only) 102cm x 128cm (40¼” x 50¼”) Medium: Oil on canvas. Provenance: Private UK collection. Presentation: Newly commissioned fine gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s leading period frame makers. Condition: Very good. Cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.
  • Creator:
    James Holland (1800 - 1870, British)
  • Creation Year:
    Circa 1845
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 47 in (119.38 cm)Width: 57 in (144.78 cm)Depth: 3 in (7.62 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Gerrards Cross, GB
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU741314203082
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