T00033 DOMES OF VENICE 1953–4
Inscr. ‘Derrick Greaves 53–54 Venice’ b.r.
Canvas, 72 1/2×61 (184×155).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1955.
Exh: British Painting and Sculpture 1954, Whitechapel Art Gallery, September–October 1954 (19); Paintings and Drawings by John Bratby, Derrick Greaves, Edward Middleditch and Jack Smith, Heffer Gallery, Cambridge, February–March 1955 (13); R.A., 1955 (420).
Repr: John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery, 1962, p.259.
Painted in London from drawings and studies made from the top of the Campanile in the Piazza San Marco during the artist's stay in Venice in January–February 1953, while on a two years' scholarship in Italy. The artist wrote (2 December 1955): ‘There was another version of this painting, similar size - now destroyed.’
Other Venetian subjects painted at the same time were shown at the Beaux Arts Gallery in November 1953.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I