Francesco Guardi (Italian, Venice 1712–1793 Venice)
Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, touches of white gouache, over black chalk
15-9/16 x 30-1/4 in. (39.5 x 76.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1937
Not on view
This large and exceptionally luminous view of a villa in the Veneto was used by Francesco Guardi in a painting of approximately the same dimensions, now in a private collection. A fairly exact copy after this painting, drawn by Francesco himself or by his son Giacomo, is in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (WA1950.168). This copy bears an annotation that identifies the now-destroyed villa: "View of the Seat of S. E. Loredano at Paese near Treviso at present in the possession of John Strange Esq.r. N. B. grass ground within the Fence, without the post road from Treviso to Bassan". John Strange (1732-1799), a patron of the artist, was British Resident in Venice from November 1773 to 1790.
Francesco made several drawings at the Villa Loredan. A smaller sketch of the entrance gate and façade is in the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (inv. 57.250). A view from the front windows of the villa is in the Fodor Museum, Amsterdam (repr. by Morassi 1975, no. 425), and a view from the back windows is in the Ashmolean Museum (WA1937.187). Byam Shaw has suggested that the Met’s drawing probably dates from 1778, when the painter undertook a journey from Venice to a family property in the Val di Sole. (F.R.)
Marking: Watermark: Faustino Calcinardi (see The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Peirpont Morgan Library, Drawings from New York Collections, vol. 3..., see Exh., watermark no. 43)
Guillaume de Gontaut-Biron, marquis de Biron (1859–1939)
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"Settecento inedito (II). VIII - Quattro "Ville" del Guardi." Arte Veneta. vol. 4, Venice, 1950, p. 54.
James Byam Shaw The Drawings of Francesco Guardi. London, 1951, cat. no. 30, ill.
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Artist: Francesco Guardi (Italian, Venice 1712–1793 Venice)Date: 1712–93Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush with brown and red wash (recto); pen and brown ink (verso)Accession: 19.151.2On view in:Not on view