The Gondolier, a Drawing by an Italian Artist, (drawing)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 171 (Sale info: For Sale).
This drawing was intended for Heath's London Keepsake, but was purchased by the present proprietor on its way to Mr. Heath's office. "The gondoLiers were formerly a very interesting portion of the Venetian population, and enjoyed a degree of consideration beyond that which persons of a similar station of life receive among ourselves. They are a civil and well behaved body of men, and act as "ciceroni" to travellers. They were formerly in the habit of singing translations from Tasso's Epics relating to the wars of the Crusades, where the Crescent of Mahomet was made to perish before the Christian Cross, and the antiquity arising from protracted wars, by land and sea, in Europe and Asia, that has existed between the Venetians and Turks, has tended to cherish this habit. But this interesting practice has declined with the prosperity and independence of Venice." "In Venice Tasso's echoes are no more,/ And silent rows the songless gondoLier,/ Her palaces are crumbling to the shore,/ And music meets not always now the ear." [Pp. 14-15.]
Catalogue of the First Exhibition of Philadelphia Artists, and of the School of Painting and Design. Philadelphia, April 2, 1838. No. 142 Chestnut Street. Admission 25 cents.--Season Tickets 50 cents. Philadelphia: C. Sherman & Co., Printers, 19 St. James Street. 1838.