Loading Gondolas, Venice

James Fraser Scott, Artist

This is one of the watercolours in our collection. It was made in Venezia (Venice), Italia nord-orientale (Northeast Italy), Italy in circa 1896-1907.
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About the Work
“There is no mistaking the location of this scene. When I was in Venice in 2019 as an exhbition attendant for the Venice Biennale, it was the height of Summer – hot and humid. This scene instantly evokes those memories: the hazy light, the reflections on the water, the terracotta and white of the buildings, the multitude of people crossing the bridge. It was a fantastic six weeks spent there, and I’m yearning to go back.”

- James Hope for the January 2021 My Choice
Image 340 x 485mm
Frame 600 x 740mm
watercolour on paper
A quintessential image of the city Venice capturing the vivid light dancing on the water of the canals on a hot summers day full of tourists. Llikely to have been made between 1898 and 1907 while the artist was in Europe studying at Julian Academy under Constant and at Munich, Antwerp and in Italy. As with many young New Zealand artists who studied overseas he continued sending out work for the Otago Art Society exhibitions each year and it is also likely this work may have been exhibited there too.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1954.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
02 Nov 1954



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