Grand Canal Venice
Grand Canal Venice
Grand Canal Venice
Grand Canal Venice
Grand Canal Venice
Grand Canal Venice
Grand Canal Venice
Grand Canal Venice
Grand Canal Venice
Grand Canal Venice

The artist is best known for his beautifully depicted Venetian scenes,Alfred being the best known of a family of artists which included R.J.Pollentine (fl. 1852-62) a painter of landscapes and animals, and W.H.Pollentine (fl. 1847 - 50) who painted coastal and shipping scenes.

This large scale example is set within a stunning decorative period frame and is one of the best available examples brought to market.

Today smaller versions a fraction of the size are attracting strong interest and have achieved thousands of pounds in the past when offered for sale through top London auction houses.

This substantial work was obviously commissioned for a very wealthy client, with the artist having spared no expense, notably when it came to the sheer scale, thus making this example a sought after oil painting of unprecedented scale and probably a one off piece.

This is one of the most elaborate and decorative gilt swept frames seen for a long time and makes the painting look a million dollars with the intricate hand made plaster moulded design.

A frame of this huge size and quality could cost as much as £3500-£4000 today fully restored.
This fine example has been professionally cleaned throughout and restored visually to near perfect.
The canvas has had a professional re-line to a high standard and is well strengthened as a result of work.

The frame is in very good order with only a few old minor repairs thar are not really noticeable.
Although he exhibited at the major London galleries during the period 1861 - 1880, showing 2 works at the British Institution and 23 at the Royal Society of British Artists, Pollentine had a robust market for his work and he rarely needed to exhibit during latter part of his long career as an artist.
Pollentine was most renowned for his substantial body of work depicting scenes of Venice, Alfred Pollentine occasionally painted views of familiar English coastal landmarks (Whitby, Scarborough, St. Michaels Mount, Tynemouth etc); and much more rarely, continental ports.

Obviously interested by the relationship of town and water, Alfred Pollentine's is a fluid smooth style, in which fine use of line is combined with a distinctive and Italianate use of pastel colouring.

External Height 48.00 inch (121.92 cm)
External Width 68.00 inch (172.72 cm)
External Depth 6.00 inch (15.24 cm)
Stock Code
Oil on Canvas
The painting has been clearly signed in the lower right botton corner "Pollentine"
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