Wolfe–Montcalm Monument, Quebec, Canada
View of Venice with close view of steps leading up to one building at right. Two figures are just reaching the top of the steps.
Holland trained as a flower painter for the Davenport pottery in Stoke. His early works were flower pieces and architectural views that “show distinct traces of Bonington’s influence.” He moved to London in 1824 and in 1830 he began sketching tours on the continent and became particularly renowned for his Venetian scenes. With its bright colours and oversized architecture this painting is more fantasy than a strictly topographical view of Venice. The costumes worn by the two figures emphasise the theatrical qualities of the scene while the Classical detail and monumental composition strike a very different note to Bonington’s work. (Cambridge 2002).
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