Antique print dated 1895. The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a brown frame with mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. Available also in a gold frame, your choice. RtW.62.
Entitled – Venice. Panorama of the City.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Venice. – Leaving Florence, we travel en route to Venice by way of Bologna, Ferrara, and Padua, the journey occupying about eight hours. Who shall do justice in so brief a space to the peerless water-city which the haughty Doges wedded to the Adriatic ? In the days of the Doge Enrico Dandolo, Venezia was a powerful Republic, with a population of 200,000. The naval supremacy of the Republic was maintained by 300 sea-going vessels, manned by 8,000 sailors, in addition to a fleet of 45 galleys and 3,000 smaller craft, carrying 27,000 men. The last of the Doges was Lodovico Manin, who died in 1797. Now let us come down to our own prosaic days. There is a noticeable at Venice an utter absence of dust and noise; but there are large numbers of loafers who have as deep-rooted an objection to labour as our own Tower Hill orator. Venice lies 2 and a half miles from the mainland, in the Lagune, a shallow bay of the Adriatic, about 25 miles long and 9 miles wide. Its 15,000 houses and palaces are for the most part built on piles on 117 small islands, formed by 150 canals, and connected by 378 bridges. All told, the population numbers about 136,000, and a strict regard for the truth prompts us to reveal that one-fourth of these are paupers. There be enthusiasts, however, who would prefer pauperism in Venice to affluence in Mayfair. The traffic, as almost everyone is aware, is conducted by means of gondolas, of which there are about 5,000 painted black in accordance with an old law. The gondolas hold four, and the familiar high prow is useful in calculating the height of the bridges. Larger craft, such as the barca, carry eight, and since 1883 a service of steamers disfigures the Grand Canal. The lagoons are protected from the open sea by long sandhills, strengthened by bulwarks of masonry 30ft. high and from 40ft. to 50ft. wide. Venice is built on the Laguna Viva. Many of the buildings rise sheer out of the water, but in some places there is a narrow footpath in front of the houses. By means of the bridges it is possible to reach every part of Venice without taking a gondola. Long, experience of the “gondola of London,” which is the hansom cab, is a good training for dealing with Venetian gondoliers in the matter of fares.
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