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Piazza San Marco, Looking toward the Basilica

Artist:
Giacomo Guardi (Italian, Venice (?) 1764–1835 Venice (?))
Date:
ca. 1804–28
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, gray wash
Dimensions:
4 15/16 x 8 3/8 in. (12.5 x 21.2 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.345
Not on view
This is one of a series of drawings, all in pen and ink, and gray wash, that formed part of an album housing forty-eight views of Venice and the surrounding islands. Recognizing the market incentive to produce rather prosaic drawings as keepsakes for visiting tourists, Giacomo made numerous such albums, repeating the compositions as necessary. The view of the Piazza San Marco, which begins the numbered series, is probably derived from some earlier drawing, painting, or print.
Colonel Edward Roche, an Irish gentleman, first owned the Lehman album. His name was inscribed on its cover. The views remained intact as a family keepsake for more than a century until sold in 1956, when the drawings were dispersed.
Signature: Signed in brown ink on the verso: Giacomo de Guardi

Inscription: Inscribed in brown ink on the verso in Giacomo's hand: Veduta della Piazza di S. Marco

Marking: Annotated in brown ink (perhaps by Colonel Edward Roche) on the old backing paper: Piazza di S: Marco
Numbered in brown ink: no 1
Colonel Edward Roche, Co. Cork, Ireland; Mrs. Amy Clarke, Farran House, Farran, Co. Cork, Ireland; P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London; Paul Wallraf, London. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1962.
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