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Figure Studies

Artist:
Francesco Guardi (Italian, Venice 1712–1793 Venice)
Date:
ca. 1765–70
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, light and dark brown and grayish brown wash
Dimensions:
6 9/16 x 10 1/4 in. (16.7 x 26 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.340
Not on view
This brown and gray wash study of figures clustered alongside a colonnade may have been preliminary to one of Guardi’s paintings of ceremonies celebrating the election of a Doge. It is generally recognized that these ceremonial pictures owe inspiration to the ubiquitous prints engraved by Giambattista Brustolon after Canaletto (Feste Dogali [Ducal Ceremonies and Festival] 1766).
Christopher Norris, London; Mrs. Clive Pascall; sale, Sotheby's, London, May 12, 1954, lot 108; Paul Wallraf, London. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1962.
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