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image of Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore Joseph Mallord William Turner (artist)
British, 1775 - 1851
Venice: The Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore, 1834
oil on canvas
overall: 91.5 x 122 cm (36 x 48 1/16 in.) framed: 125.7 x 156.5 x 14 cm (49 1/2 x 61 5/8 x 5 1/2 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.85
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From the Tour: Constable and Turner — British Landscapes of the Early 1800s
Object 6 of 11

Provenance

Painted for Henry McConnel [1801-1871], The Polygon, Ardwick, Manchester; sold 1849 to John Naylor, Leighton Hall, Liverpool;[1] passed to his wife; purchased 1910 through (Dyer and Sons) by (Thos. Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London); re-entered April 1910 in Agnew's stock in joint ownership with (Arthur J. Sulley & Co., London); purchased 13 June 1910 from (Arthur J. Sulley & Co., London) by Peter A.B. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; inheritance from estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park.

[1] McConnel, acclaimed as "the pioneer of art collecting in Lancashire," subsequently commissioned a contrasting companion picture of an industrial scene at a seaport in the north of England (NGA 1942.9.86, Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight). In 1861 he tried, unsuccessfully, to buy back from John Naylor one or other of these canvasses, which he had sold to him in 1849. McConnel to John Naylor, 28 May 1861 (quoted in Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, 2 vols., rev. ed., New Haven: 1984: I:205).

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