The Church of San Giorgio Dei Greci, Venice
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Pen and brown ink and watercolour over pencil heightened with touches of bodycolour and gum arabic. Prout visited Venice on his first tour to Italy in 1824, probably in late November, and he exhibited Venetian subjects for the rest of his life. John Ruskin was a particular admirer of Prout’s Venetian views and wrote to him in 1849: `I had not the least idea of the beauty and accuracy of those sketches of Venice, - so touchingly accurate are they, that my wife, who looks back to Venice with great regret, actually and fairly bursts into tears over them, and I was obliged to take them away from her. I, who in many cases like the sketches better than the places, pursued my walk through Venice with intense pleasure: especially because you have been so scrupulous and fondly faithful….’ (Letter of May 1849 – Works, vol. XXXVIII, 343).
John Murray III knew Prout as the latter produced illustrations for `Sketches from Venetian History’ which Murray published in 1831-32 so this and no. 24 probably came direct from the artist.
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