Description In the background of this study are discernible the dome of the church of San Marco and the two granite columns erected in AD 1127, one bearing the Lion of St. Mark and the other, St. Theodore on a crocodile. This drawing and two accompanying works (WAM 37.2585 and WAM 37.2582) in pencil and gouache were made by the artist in preparation for a painting showing a regatta held on the Grand Canal in May, 1902. Smith was born on St. Paul Street, Baltimore. He trained initially as an engineer but later taught himself to paint in watercolors. He traveled extensively, producing watercolors which were reproduced in deluxe "travel books," such as "Gondola Days" (1897) and "The Venice of To-Day" (1897) as well as various magazines. He was also the author of many popular books.
- Italian Vistas: Selections from the Permanent Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1992-1993.
Provenance Mr. and Mrs. Oliver H. Perry [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1976, by gift.
Credit Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver H. Perry, 1976
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