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Venice from the Lido
© Estate of James Craig Annan

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Venice from the Lido 1894

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
In 1894 Annan travelled in Genoa and Venice with the artist and etcher, D.Y. Cameron. He remarked that: 'It has been when I have associated with artists that I have made my most successful pictures'. In this work, Annan has framed the posts in the water against the far towers and then waited until the oar of the drifting gondola has cut the skyline of the city at exactly the correct point to balance this striking abstract composition.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Abstract art, Composition


  • Acc. No. PGP R 167
  • Medium Photogravure
  • Size 9.60 x 15.00 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985