Boyce trained as an architect before deciding to become a painter after two encounters with the artist David Cox (1783-1859). Although he made only one trip to Venice he appears to have been captivated by the city's architecture and the quality of the light. In this watercolour he chooses an unusual viewpoint to depict the Church of the Frari, capturing the atmosphere of Venice's many small, sunlit courtyards in the process. It seems likely that he visited Venice at the suggestion of John Ruskin (1819-1900)

George Price Boyce's work is characterised by an ability to unite architecture and landscape together in surprising ways. This unconventional view gives little idea of the large scale of the Church of the Frari.

  • Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday, 1927.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist George Price Boyce -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
G P Boyce 54
Monogram bottom left Painted 1854 In red paint.
Campiello S. Rocco - Venice / GB - Octr 54 -
Title reverse Handwritten 1854 In pencil.
The Church of the Frari seen over / the Campiello San Rocco. Venice / G P. Boyce / Octr. 1854
Notes - Handwritten 1854c In the artist's handwriting.

Associated places

Name Type
Venice, Italy Depicted

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