This lecture is based on my book about British and American artists who discovered Venice in the early 19th century starting with Turner and progressing through Samuel Prout, John Ruskin, Clarkson Stanfield, Myles Birkett Foster, Whistler, Sargent, and Walter Sickert as well as some of the lesser know artists.
I look at the social life of the British and Americans living in Venice, a society centred around the Curtis family at the Palazzo Barbaro on the Grand Canal, where Sargent, Henry James and others stayed. I look at Ruskin’s ‘Stones of Venice’, the first guide book to Venice, and how the arrival of the railway brought tourism and money to what was a very poor city. I look at why Whistler was in Venice and how he produced a wonderful series of etchings and pastels over the course of just 18 months.
Suitable as a Study Day