James Holland (1799 - 1870)
A Sheet of Studies of Gondolas and Figures Sold
Pencil and watercolour on paper; a page from a sketchbook. Signed with initials, inscribed and dated JH Melons .26.Sept.57 at the lower right. Inscribed James Holland on the verso.131 x 198 mm. (5 1/8 x 7 3/4 in.)ENQUIRE
James Holland made his first visit to Venice in 1835, and enjoyed a lifelong fascination with the architecture of the city. He first exhibited a watercolour view of Venice at the Old Water-Colour Society in 1836 (where it was purchased by John James Ruskin, the father of John Ruskin), and he continued to show Venetian subjects throughout his later career. A photograph of another page from the same 1857 Venice sketchbook, depicting fishing boats moored on a quayside and dated October 3rd, 1857, is in the Witt Library, London.
Probably the posthumous Holland studio sale, London, Christie’s, 26 May 1870John Appleby, JerseyThence by descent until 2010.