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  • A fine 19th century "Venetian Capriccio" by James Salt (British, 1850-1903)
  • A fine 19th century "Venetian Capriccio" by James Salt (British, 1850-1903)
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"Venetian Capriccio", oil painting | James Salt (British, 1850-1903)

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In oil on canvas, signed in red script lower left "J. Salt"
Item # 705ODJ14P-2

As a specialist in these capriccio scenes, James Salt became well known for his imagined and idealized views of Venice. His hand is quickly recognizable with the vivid use of translucent and nearly pastel colors and a highly atmospheric handling of the scene. The present example is no exception with a heavy nostalgia and romance in the work.

The tidy landscape presents an orderly row of stone canal-front buildings with vines growing along the corners and trees scattered between them. Three fishermen work in their small boat while other colorful vessels are scattered throughout the expansive canal. Domes in the distance almost disappear into the cloudy blue sky, this with a gorgeous collection of clouds over the spires and chimneys.

We had the work beautifully conserved and it remains in exceptional original condition, housed in a period and likely original giltwood frame.  We may still have a matched pair to this work available in the gallery inventory.

Measurements:  34 W x 23 7/8 H x 2 1/2 D [frames]; 24 W x 14 H [canvas]

Condition Report:
On original lining; very minor wear to edge where frame rubs; under UV a speck touch-up to left sky, spots of touch up in water and fresh varnish all completed by our conservator.  Frame early with gesso losses.