James Holland, RWS (British, 1799-1870) Tombs of the Scaligers, Verona

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Lot 27
James Holland, RWS
(British, 1799-1870)
Tombs of the Scaligers, Verona

Sold for £ 5,062 (US$ 6,893) inc. premium
James Holland, RWS (British, 1799-1870)
Tombs of the Scaligers, Verona
signed and dated 'JAS HOLLAND./1837' (lower left)
oil on canvas
91.5 x 63.5cm (36 x 25in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Thomas Cowie Collection, Glasgow.
    Archibald Cowie Collection.
    M.B.R. Mackenzie-Charrington Collection.
    The Fine Art Society Ltd., London, June 1972, as The Scaligeri Tomb, Verona.
    Private collection, UK.

    Exhibited
    London, British Institution, 1838, no. 86.
    Glasgow Institution, 1901.

    The present lot may be the same work exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1852, no. 58.

    James Holland, originally from Staffordshire, moved to London and based himself in Greenwich from 1830. His interest in architecture, inspired by the grandeur and beauty surrounding him in Greenwich, soon led the artist to journey through Europe, producing watercolours and paintings of Venice, Portugal, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. In 1835, two years before the present work was dated, he visited Verona on his way to Milan. Holland depicted the family tombs of the Scaligeri (captured by Bonington in 1826) both in watercolour and oil paints. The tombs, a group of five gothic funerary monuments, celebrate the Scaligeri family, who ruled Verona in the 13th and 14th centuries.

    The present lot is a larger, more finished version than the watercolour by the artist, sold Sotheby's, London, 7 June 2006, lot 388. Holland has expanded the view and an archway and the tombs bathed in sunlight, draws the viewer in. Figures, including two strolling women elegantly dressed and others conversing both in the foreground and further away, populate the scene.
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