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ID number:  BIRBI-36.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Guardi, Francesco (1712-1793)
Title / Object name:  A Coastal Scene
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  Venice
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  the 1770s
Materials:  Pen and brown wash with traces of black chalk
Measurements:  251 x 369 mm
Provenance:  Collection of William Esdaile (1758-1837); possibly lot 456 at the Esdaile Sale, Christie's, 18-25 June 1840; collection of Miss James and J.P. Heseltine, mark and number '116'; sold by Heseltine to Messrs Colnaghi, 1914; purchased by Hery Oppenheimer; purchased for the Barber Institute from the Oppenheimer sale, Christie's, 10 July 1936 (lot 91).

In addition to his topographical views of Venice, Francesco Guardi also produced imaginary landscapes such as this coastal scene from the 1770s. Such drawings repeat the same range of motifs taken from the Venetian lagoon - boats, fishermen and coastal ruins - in numerous different variations. These pen and ink drawings with a simple wash of brown, were studio works which were made for collectors who appreciated their elegant economy. The drawing is in its original mount, decorated with a few fine lines and a signature indicating that it was kept in a portfolio rather than being framed for display.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Collector's marks of William Esdaile (lugt 2617) and J.P. Heseltine (lugt 1507).

Notes:  A repetition or copy of this drawing is in the British Museum.

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