Last days of the Campanile, St Mark's, Venice

Ebenezer Wake Cookcirca 1902

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

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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