Venice by Moonlight

HENRY PETHER (1828-1865)


Height - 24.00inch (60.96cm)
Width - 36.00inch (91.44cm)
Framed Height - 30.50inch (77.47cm)
Framed Width - 42.25inch (107.31cm)


Venice by Moonlight







FL 1828-1865 Signed
Oil on canvas 24 x 36 inches
Framed size 30 ½ x 42 ¼ inches

Henry Pether was one of the five members of the Pether family who painted. His father was Sebastian Pether 1790-1844 and his grandfather was Abraham 1756-1812.
Henry, like his father painted moonlight scenes, landscapes and some coastal views, usually of the Thames or Venice.
He exhibited 7 paintings at the Royal Academy from 1828 to 1862, and 1 painting of Venice at the British Institution and 3 at the Royal Society of British Artists, these being, views on the Solent, in Chichester and Greenwich.
His paintings are similar in composition to his fathers but Henrys are warmer and have a brown tone with much finer quality.
He is known to have lived in Camden Town, and later at 6 Trigon Road Clapham Road, London.
Henry’s last painting was the scene in Venice, Santa Maria di Nazareth which was exhibited at the British Institution in 1865 no 315.

Henry did paint a very rare daylight view of Venice, which captured the water dawn light and sparsely populated Square of St. Marco.

Works Represented: Anglesey Abby NT; Grosvenor Museum, Chester; Chichester City Council;
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead; Borough Art Collection, Guildford; Government Art Collection, London; National Maritime Museum, Greenwich; Guildhall Art Gallery, London; Museum of London; Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston; Saffron Walden Museum; Southampton Maritime Museum; Orleans House Gallery, Twickenham; King Edwards School, Witley.

Bibl: British 19th Century Marine Painting – Denys Brook-Hart
British Landscape Painters – M.H. Grant
Victorian Painters - Christopher Wood

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