The Rialto Bridge, Venice
Oil on canvas
Edward Pritchett was born in Brackley, Northampton around 1808. Around 1840 he was living in Acton Street, Grays Inn Road from where he first exhibited at the Royal Academy. He also exhibited at the British Institution and the Royal Society of British Artists. He married Caroline Spence in 1844 and together they lived in Westmoreland Place Camberwell with their children where he spent most of his adult life. He is listed in the censuses of 1851, 1861 and 1871 as being an artist/landscape painter and living in Camberwell. His oldest son Edward Henry Pritchett became a photographer.
Pritchett specialised in paintings views of Venice and appears to have visited the city during the late 1830’s and early 1840’s as his works after this date consist almost entirely of Venetian scenes. He was adept at capturing the light and atmosphere of the city and is considered one of the finest painters of Venice during the Victorian era.
Examples of his paintings can be found in many public collections including the Birmingham Museum, Brampton Museum, Leeds Art Museum, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery, V&A, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Yale Centre for British Art.
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
||13.25 inches x 20 inches (34cm x 51cm)
||19.25 inches x 26 inches (49cm x 66cm)