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    Sale 7743

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art Evening Sale

    7 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 65

    Giovanni Antonio Canal, il Canaletto (Venice 1697-1768)

    A capriccio with a domed church, men at work on scaffolding by an arch

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    Giovanni Antonio Canal, il Canaletto (Venice 1697-1768)
    A capriccio with a domed church, men at work on scaffolding by an arch
    black chalk, pen and brown ink
    5¼ x 9 3/8 in. (13.4 x 23.7 cm.)


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    The church on the left appears to be of Canaletto's invention. It is surrounded by little houses, and on the right men labour on scaffolding to repair a ruined arch. Canaletto's drawings can be divided into his strictly topographical views, preparatory drawings for paintings or engravings, and more free-style invented compositions based loosely on Venetian and Roman motifs of which this drawing is an example.
    Links compared this drawing, which cannot be related to a painted composition, to the Capriccio with the Rialto Bridge in the British Museum (op. cit., no. 766, pl. 144), believing both to be late works, perhaps made after the artist's return to Venice in 1756.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 11 December 1974, lot 72.
    K.M. Karen.
    The British Rail Pension Fund; Sotheby's, New York, 8 January 1991, lot 14.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR


    Literature

    W.G. Constable and J.G. Links, Canaletto, 1976 (2nd ed. 1989), pp. 621-22, no. 854, pl. 222.
    A. Corboz, Canaletto, Milan, 1985, II, p. 738, no. D.142, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    Venice, Fondazione Cini, Disegni veneti di collezioni inglesi, 1980, no. 112, illustrated.
    Norwich, Castle Museum, Old Master Drawings from Venice, 1984-5, no. 1.
    Canterbury, The Royal Museum, Guardi, Tiepolo and Canaletto, 1985, no. 45.