Bernardo Bellotto (30 January 1720 - 17 October 1780) was an Italian urban landscape painter or vedutista and etcher, famous for his vedutes of European cities (Dresden, Vienna, Turin and Warsaw). He was the pupil and nephew of Canaletto and sometimes used the latter's illustrious name. Bellotto's style is characterized by elaborate representations of nature and architecture. From 1747 to 1758 Bellotto moved to Dresden, following the invitation of King August III of Poland and Elector of Saxony where he made paintings and etchings of the cities Dresden and Pirna and their surroundings.
Alaxandre De Vesme, Le Peintre-Graveur Italien 14 and 15 and Stefan Kozakiewicz, Bernardo Bellotto 187 and 172.
Comparable etchings were sold:
Christie's, London King Street, sale 7388, 28 March 2007, lot 40
Christie's, London King Street, sale 6142, 22 June 1999, lot 15
Related prints by Bellotto were sold in sale 6142, 22 June 1999, lots 11-17.