A VENETIAN VIEW WITH A CAMPANILE, POSSIBLY
THAT OF SAN GIORGIO DEI GRECI
Signed l.r. G. Carelli
Watercolour with bodycolour
16.5 x 12 cm
Carelli visited Venice on at least two occasions, in 1857 and 1877, with views dated to each year appearing at auction in 1998.
Gabriele Carelli was one of a family of watercolourists: his father Rafaelle had been patronised by the Duke of Devonshire in the 1830's, on his Grand Tour; his brother Consalvo painted numerous scenes of Naples and the surrounding countryside; and Gabrielle's son Conrad became a watercolourist, working around provincial England and the continent. Gabrielle was himself introduced to and patronised by the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth in the 1840's. Carelli also numbered among his patrons the Emperor of Russia, the first Duke of Westminster and additional members of the English aristocracy.
Carelli travelled extensively and painted views of France, Italy, North Africa and the Near East. Late in life, Carelli found favour with Queen Victoria, through Lady Waterpark, who commissioned him to record the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore House (the present seat of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) between 1880-1883. The Royal Collections hold a large number of his works at Osborne House and Windsor.
Francis, Lord Napier - Notes on Modern Painting at Naples - J.W. Parker, London, 1855 - pp.121-125
E. M. Eleuteri, I Carelli una generazione di pittori, Roma 1980
C. Juler, Les Orientalistes De l'Ecole Italienne, 1994, pp.46-48