Inscription on back ‘73; labels on back ‘00.1873.38'; ‘Freeman and Son Lted, Albemarle Street, London 14/01/66'; ‘View of Venice at Cleaners'. This painting is probably a pair, by the same hand, with MNEMG 00.1873.37, although slightly different in size and, at the time of acquisition, framed differently.
The donor Julius Lucius Brenchely (1816 - 1873) was a great traveller, author and antiquarian. He completed his M. A. at St John's College, Cambridge in 1843. The same year Brenchley was ordained curate of Holy Trinity, Maidstone. He originally trained for the Church, however spent most of his career travelling in America, the South Sea Islands and New Zealand. Between 1845 and 1847 Brenchley made a European tour with his father John Brenchley. However the tour was cut short by the death of John Brenchley in Paris in 1847. From 1847 to 1867 Brenchley made journeys to Utah, New Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and Chile, India, China and Mongolia, and Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Siberia and Poland.
Brenchley was a passionate collector of art, ethnography and natural history. His taste in art was conditioned by his love of travel; continental views and ‘low life' subjects form the majority of the Brenchley bequest.