A Canal in Venice

Joseph Pennell American

Not on view

Pennell, a Philadelphia-born Quaker decided to become an illustrator and printmaker, then worked as a clerk before gaining entrance to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. He visited Europe for the first time in 1883, on commission from The Century Magazine (formerly Scribner's), and visited Italy, depicting unconventional sites and points of view. Influenced by James McNeill Whistler, Pennell's here represents a Venetian canal backed by palaces, with a tall tower rising at left.

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