Venetian Capriccio

James Holland, 1856

WAG 8157

About this object

Holland visited Venice for the first time in 1835, a trip he repeated many times during his life. He often painted its idyllic views in watercolour and this work helped to establish his reputation. 'Venetian Capriccio' was exhibited at the Old Watercolour Society in London in 1856.

The term carpriccio is used to describe paintings and watercolours that combine the real architecture and topography of a place with imagined details and features to create a idealised view.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    James Holland (British: English, born:17 October 1799, died:13 February 1870)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Pencil; Gouache; Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    image: 35 cm x 24.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A watercolour view of Venice. There are boats carrying cargo on the water in the foreground, enclosed by a variety of tall buildings with arched windows.
  • Related people
    Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (Previous owner); Colnaghi (Previous owner); James Holland (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8157
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by C F J Beausire in 1972
  • Location
    Lady Lever Art Gallery, Room 15
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

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Previous owners

  • Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery in 1972
  • Colnaghi

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: JH 56
    Inscription method: Paint
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; On sail
  • Inscription text: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Backing
Object view = Fine Art
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