View of the Grand Canal by William James
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View of the Grand Canal by William James

View of the Grand Canal by William James

  • This stunning Venetian scene was composed by the important British artist William James
  • He is renowned for his brightly colored canvases that capture the canals of Venice
  • The entrance to the Cannaregio canal is the subject of this highly detailed scene
  • The work closely resembles a composition by Canaletto currently in the British Royal Collection
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Item No. 31-0268
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William James
Fl. 1754-1771 | British

View of the Grand Canal, Venice, with San Geremia and the Entrance to the Cannaregio

Oil on canvas

The celebrated 18th-century British painter William James composed this spectacular Venetian scene. The artist is renowned for his highly detail and brightly colored canvases that depict the famous City of Water. In the present work, he captures with remarkable detail a view of the Grand Canal and the entrance to the Cannaregio, which was the principal route from central Venice to mainland Italy in the 18th century. The Ponte delle Guglie spans the famous waterway, decorated with the four obelisks for which it is named. The church and campanile of San Geremia, the Palazzo Labia and the Palazzo Querini detti Papozze are all included, 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 else 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 impact on James' output. The influence of Canaletto is particularly evident in this composition, which closely resembles a painting by Canaletto that is now found in the British Royal Collection (London).

Thanks to a British fervor for all things Italian, James' 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: 15 1/4” high x 25 1/4” wide
Frame: 22 1/2” high x 32 1/2” wide
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Artist: James, William
Framed:32.5"W x 22.5"H
Unframed:25.25"W x 15.25"H
Period: 1700-1815
Origin:England
Subject:Cityscapes
Depth:3.0 Inches
Width:32.5 Inches
Height:22.5 Inches
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