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.
Artist: Attributed to Giacomo Guardi (Italian, Venice (?) 1764–1835 Venice (?)) (?)Date: 1764–1835Medium: Pen and brown ink, brush with gray and brown wash, over black chalk. Framing lines in pen and brown inkAccession: 1972.118.254On view in:Not on view