“Approaching the Grand Canal” watercolor on paper laid down on board, signed by William Stewart, lower left. This special original piece features the iconic famous Schiavoni “S” sail on the typical venetian vessel. The Schiavoni trading company established in Venice in 1451 dominated trade between Dalmatia and Venice for 100s of years. William Stewart was a Scottish artist from Paisley, Scotland where he taught at the Paisley School of Design. Stewart exhibited at the Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and the Royal Scottish Academy. His work was also included at the Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. He painted in both watercolors and oils, depicting coastal and other nautical scenes in a very characteristic style as well as being famous for his portraits of common people in every day life. Strong demand for Stewart works include the sale price of $9,704 for Lot # 119 “The Dolls Toilet” at Whyte’s Auction, Dublin, Ireland on February 25th, 2008. The Finearte Semenzato Auction House in Venice estimated a similar watercolor Stewart painting titled “Venezia” at $3,150 - $3,958. Circa 1890s. Dimensions: 13.5” X 8.5” with frame, 9.625” X 4.55” without. The frame backing of the painting bears a label from the old turn of the Century gallery, Humphry’s outside London in Streatham. Own this evocative Masterpiece at a great value. Buy with confidence, this piece is 100% guaranteed original and authentic with vetted signature.