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William Henry Pike RA Religious Oil Palazzo Dario Venice
  • William Henry Pike RA Religious Oil Palazzo Dario Venice
  • William Henry Pike RA Religious Oil Palazzo Dario Venice
  • William Henry Pike RA Religious Oil Palazzo Dario Venice
  • William Henry Pike RA Religious Oil Palazzo Dario Venice
  • William Henry Pike RA Religious Oil Palazzo Dario Venice
  • William Henry Pike RA Religious Oil Palazzo Dario Venice

William Henry Pike RA Religious Oil Palazzo Dario Venice

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£2,500.00


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An oil on canvas painting of ‘a Religious mission’ on the paved streets outside the ‘Palazzo Dario in Venice’, signed William Henry Pike and dated 1884.

William Henry Pike (1846-1908) was a versatile painter of land and seascapes. Born in Plymouth, much of his early work captures the unspoilt coastline and landscape around that naval port. Around the period of 1884, he seems to have made a tour of Venice. Seemingly the city left an impression on him, as he produced numerous interpretations of its famous landmarks. The painting is a fine example of Pike’s late career, where the seriousness of age and the artistic heritage of Italy, saw him turn to historical and genre scenes. His use of oil paint during this period, seems to reflect his wish to be seen in more permanent terms.

The painting shows a religious procession on a paved street, near to the Ponte San Cristoforo. The iconic landside façade of the Palazzo Dario, esteemed by John Ruskin, comprises the backdrop of the painting, whilst on the left, the narrow Rio delle Torreselle canal flows towards a high spire in the distance. Twenty-four years after this painting, the Palazzo Dario was painted several times by Claude Monet.

A faded paper label on the reverse reads, “A Religious Mission| Camp of the Palazzo Dario|W.H. Pike Venice| No. 8.”

Though unframed, the condition of the painting is very good.

Size of Canvas: 77 x 51.5 x 2.5cm (30¼ x 20¼”)
Weight: 1.4kg

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