|Title||View of S. Giorgio Maggiore, Venice|
|Collection||Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery|
|Artist|| Attributed to manner of Carlevariis, Luca (Italian painter and printmaker, 1663-1729)
Previously attributed to Canaletto (Italian painter, 1697-1768)
Previously attributed to Italian (Venetian) School
|Date Earliest||probably 1700|
|Date Latest||about 1873|
|Description||A souvenir piece, showing a view of San Giorgio Maggiore in the distance behind gondolas and sailboats. This painting appears to be by the same hand as View of the Piazzetta, Venice (MNEMG 00.1873.37), which was attributed to Canaletto by old labels on the reverse and in museum records. These two paintings are closer to the simpler works of Luca Carlevaris (1663 – 1730). Carlevaris is considered the predecessor of Canaletto and Guardi, and specialised in painting views of the city in vigorous perspectives.|
|Current Accession Number||MNEMG 00.1873.38|
|Former Accession Number||73|
|Subject||townscape; place (Venice); figure; buildings and gardens (San Giorgio Maggiore)|
|Measurements||46.5 x 76.7 cm cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Acquisition Details||Bequeathed by Julius Lucius Brenchley 1873.|
|Publications||Legouix, S., Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery: Foreign Paintings Catalogue, Maidstone, 1976, p. 49, as Venetian eighteenth century.|
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.
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