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The pair to Venice - Sunset, a Fisher and exhibited with it with a reference, but no quotation, from Turner's manuscript poem Fallacies of Hope. Although the church of S. Giorgio and the Doge's palace are visible to left and right, the composition here is largely fanciful. The ruddy sunset colouring has since darkened, suggesting a melancholy air, but for a contemporary reviewer evoked 'a beautiful dream, full of Italy, and poetry, and summer'.

August 2004