Ricketts and Shannon visited Venice at least three times, beginning in 1899, then in 1903 and in 1908; on the latter occasion staying at the House of Desdemona on the Grand Canal owned by their friends Edmund and Mary Davis, and more commonly known as the Palazzo Contarini Fasan.
|Paolo Salviati, photo of Palazzo Contarini Fasan, c. 1891-1894[detail]|
[Boston Public Library: William Vaughn Tupper Scrapbook Collection]
It would not be their busiest holiday; there was plenty of idling and lazing around, as a letter to Michael Field indicates.
Charles Ricketts to Michael Field, 20-21 May 1908[British Library Add MS 58089, ff 93-5]
[...] We passed through a northern Italy empty of field flowers but agre[e]able with tall green corn and grapes of white Accassia [sic], this is splendid this year and saturates the Lido where we go to bask in steady after lunch boredom every day. The heat is noble and the air superb. I like the Palazzo immensely and we shall stay on here after the departure of our hosts, – that is if Shannon is still of the same mind. We shall lunch at the Guadri [sic] and dine among the trees at the Lido, which is a vulgar place.
Thanks are due to John Aplin for providing the text of this letter.