VENICE WATERCOLOUR BY ANNA BLUNDEN 1830-1915.
A View from a Gondola dated 1874 and signed with monogram,with sun setting behind church of St Georgio.
VENICE Watercolour measuring 18 Inches x 34 Inches actual size and 30 x 46 overall with frame by one of the greatly sought after Pre Raphaelite artists Anna Blunden.
She was born in London in 1829 and was the daughter of a book binder
She worked as a Governess 1852-3 but wanting to better herself and became a superb self taught artist who often practised by copying art at the British museum and National Gallery.
She received some informal lessons from Ruskin.She first exhibited in 1854 and worked in portraiture and as an art teacher in Exeter.Working in oils initially and later in watercolours.
Travelling on the continent in 1867-1873 she married her sisters husband after the death of her sister and later was known as Mrs.Anna Martino.
Her most famous painting was Song of the Shirt,which was sold in 1993 by Christies for £8,250.
Her last recorded exhibition was in 1915 being the year she died.Many of her fabulous works were unfortunately destroyed during the bombing of Exeter in WW11.
The quality is unbelievable for a watercolour as the fineness and detail is amazing especially as the water looks so realistic
This is an extremely large and rare surviving example which has her hand written receipt for £110 and home address originally in Edbaston Birmingham England,on the back which itself is 136 years old also.
The watercolour is signed on the Gondola and has also been marked with her monogram initials AB and dated in the same place too.
Needs to be seen in the flesh to be fully appreciated.Overall condition is excellent.The frame is substantially built around the painting with a firm ply lined back to seal it in from any moisture.
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- VENICE WATERCOLOUR BY ANNA BLUNDEN 1830-1915.A View from a Gondola
- 46 Inches
- 30 Inches