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Upright Venice

Impression: Hunterian Art Gallery
Hunterian Art Gallery
Number: 232
Date: 1879-1880
Medium: etching and drypoint
Size: 255 x 180 mm
Signed: butterfly at lower left (3-final)
Inscribed: no
Set/Publication: 'Second Venice Set', 1886
No. of States: 7
Known impressions: 39
Catalogues: K.205; M.202; W.172
Impressions taken from this plate  (39)


church, city, lagoon, gondola, panorama, people, sailing ship, sea, steamer.


It has always been known by the same title, as for example:

'Upright Venice' (1883, FAS). 2
'Upright Venice' (1886, Frederick Wedmore (1844-1921)). 3
'Venise. Planche en hauteur'. - '(Upright Venice)' (1905, Paris Memorial) 4

2: London FAS 1883 (cat. no. 19).

3: Wedmore 1886 A[more] (cat. no. 172).

4: Paris Mem. 1905 (cat. no. 370).


At the top is a view of Venice under a cloudy sky, with the domes of the church of Santa Maria della Salute, on the Grand Canal, to left of centre. On the water of the bay are gondolas, and there are a few boats under sail at the right; a three-masted steamship - possibly a P.& O. steamer - lies at anchor in the Bacino on the left. For later additions, see STATES.


Venice, Italy. Whistler moved into the Casa Jankowitz on the Riva San Biagio, which is now the Pensione Bucintoro at No. 2135 Castello. There he joined several American art students, followers of Frank Duveneck (1848-1919), including Otto Henry Bacher (1856-1909) and Robert Frederick Blum (1857-1903). His room looked across the lagoon to left, and the Riva degli Schiavoni to right. Immediately in front was the Campo San Biagio, which is in the foreground in this etching. The view to the west is dominated by the domes of Santa Maria della Salute. As usual the view is reversed in the print, so that Santa Maria della Salute appears at left and the Giudecca to right.

Whistler made several studies of the view - particularly at sunset - including the pastels Venetian scene m0744, The Brown Morning - Winter m0746, Sunset; red and gold - Salute m0810, Salute - Sundown m0809 and r.: Venice: Sunset; v.: Bead-stringers m0812. 5

5: Grieve 2000[more], pp.112-117.