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.)


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 1870
John Appleby, Jersey
Thence by descent until 2010.


A Sheet of Studies of Gondolas and Figures


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