• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 119

    Francesco Guardi (Venice 1712-1793)

    A Venetian capriccio

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    Francesco Guardi (Venice 1712-1793)
    A Venetian capriccio
    traces of black chalk, brown wash, watermark W surmounted by a device
    14½ x 10 in. (36.8 x 25.3 cm.)

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    This unpublished drawing is nearly identical to a composition in tempera on card in the Musée Jacquemart André, Paris which Morassi describes as an excellent example from Guardi's mature period (A. Morassi, Guardi, Venice, 1973, I, p. 452, no. 763; II, fig. 697). There is also a more highly finished and slightly larger watercolor (38 x 30 cm.) of the composition that Arslan attributed to Nicolò Guardi but which Morassi believed to be by Francesco (see A. Morassi, Guardi: tutti i disegni di Antonio, Francesco e Giacomo Guardi, Venice, 1975, p. 170, no. 522, fig. 512).

    A painting formerly with Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York shows the same little campo without the columned archway and hanging lantern (Morassi, 1973, op. cit., I, p. 452, no. 764; II, fig. 700). Morassi also lists a pen and ink study, an oil sketch, and another painted version of the composition, as well as a painted copy.