Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy
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Watercolour over pencil heightened with bodycolour
27.7 by 42.6cm, 10 3/4 by 16 1/2 inches
This view is taken from near the cemetery of Kulaksiz Mezarligi which is visible to the left of the present watercolour. To the extreme left is the Galata Tower with the Naval Hospital to its right.
This picture comes from a descendent of Admiral Sir Baldwin Wake Walker who presumably commissioned them directly from the artist. Walker was an English naval officer who, with the permission of the Admiralty, accepted a command in the Turkish navy in the late 1830s where he was known as Walker Bey and later Yavir Pasha. Walker afterwards commanded the Turkish squadron at Acre, for which service he was nominated a K.C.B. in 1841. He became Surveyor of the British Navy from 1848 until 1861.