The inscription on the mount of this painting reads: ‘The fall of the great bell tower is rightly regarded as a calamity in the artistic world. Venice loses her most conspicuous landmark and the key of her pictorial composition ... Sitting at its foot, but a week or two before its collapse, I was haunted as never before by a vague sense of uneasiness as to its foundations and the awful consequences of its fall; that it should have settled down, as if in utter weariness, crushing nothing but that lovely dream of colour – the Loggetta – and causing no loss of life must be regarded as providential ...’


  • Title: Last days of the Campanile, St Mark's, Venice
  • Creator: Ebenezer Wake Cook
  • Date Created: circa 1902
  • Physical Dimensions: 90.5 x 44.6 cm image; 100.6 x 44.7 cm sheet; 131.0 x 75.0 x 2.0 cm frame
  • Provenance: Albert Augstus Dangar, London/England, Bequest of Albert Augustus Dangar in 1903
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Rights: Bequest of Albert and Katey Nathan 1941
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/5779/
  • Medium: watercolour and bodycolour over pencil underdrawing
  • Signature & Date: Signed l.l., "E. Wake Cook". Not dated.
  • Artist Country: England, Australia, England

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