Detail from The Canal, Amsterdam, 1889, James McNeill Whistler, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

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The Riva and San Marco, Venice

The Riva and San Marco, Venice dates from 1879/1880. 1

According to the Pennells, when Whistler was in Venice he painted two oil paintings] 'from Mr. Ross Turner's terrace, one looking ... up [the Riva] to San Marco ... full of little figures and with boats and a suggestion of the Lagoon, in the background.' 2 Ross Sterling Turner (1847-1915) was an American artist – a skilful watercolourist and illustrator – and friend of Whistler while he was in Venice. He was in Europe from 1876 and associated with the 'Duveneck Boys' in Venice, before settling to Boston in 1882.


1: YMSM 1980 [more] (cat. no. 222a).

2: Pennell 1911 A [more], pp. 200-01.

Last updated: 10th November 2019 by Margaret