01 Painting of the Canals of Venice, Hercules Brabazon Brabazon’s Zattere, Venice , with footnotes. #88

Hercules Brabazon Brabazon, (1821 – 1906)
Zattere, Venice

Gouache and watercolour
8.75 x 10.75in.
Private collection

The Zattere was built in 1519 and first used as a landing dock for the delivery of timber used to construct ships and buildings, which gave the quay the name Zattere, Italian for raft. 

The timber gone, the Zattere today is a spacious promenade that runs along the entire southern shore of Venice’s Dorsoduro District, from the Marittima and San Basilio all the way to the Punta della Dogana. The island of Giudecca lies immediately to the south and a walk along the Zattere provides excellent Chiesa del Redentore, La Giudecca, Venice. More on The Zattere

Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (born Hercules Brabazon Sharpe; 27 November 1821 – 14 May 1906) was an English artist, accomplished in Turner-manner watercolours.

Brabazon was the younger son of Hercules Sharpe. Initially raised in Paris, he moved with his family to Oaklands, an estate near Sedlescombe, East Sussex, in 1832. He attended Harrow School, the École Privat, Geneva, and Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in mathematics in 1844.

His father then wanted him to study law, but instead he left England and went to Rome to study music and art His father attempted to make him return by reducing his allowance, but in 1847, upon the death of his elder brother, he gained financial independence when he inherited family estates in Connaught, the will requiring that he change his surname to Brabazon. From then on he led a life of travel, art study and painting.

In 1858 he inherited Oaklands, whose management he left to his brother-in-law while he continued to travel – mostly in Europe, but with trips to Africa and India – always returning with his watercolours. Describing himself as living “for Art and Sunshine”, he viewed himself as a gentleman amateur, and did not show or try to sell his work until his mid-seventies.

With the encouragement of artist friends, particularly John Singer Sargent, he began to exhibit, first at the New English Art Club, followed by successful one-man exhibitions at the Goupil Gallery in Bond Street. He died at Sedlescombe in 1906, and is buried there More on Hercules Brabazon Brabazon

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