Description

Visentini’s drawing, based on Canaletto’s Riva degli Schiavoni looking East in the Albertini Collection, Rome, was acquired by either the second or the third Duke of Leeds from Consul Joseph Smith. The view was etched by Visentini and published as part of his Urbis Venetiarum Prospectus (1742). It was later copied by Giovanni Battista Brustolon (1712-1796) for Lodovico Furlanetto’s Prospectum Aedium Viarumque Insigniorum Urbis Venetiarum (1763), an impression of which is in the King’s Topographical Collection (Maps K.Top.78.65.f.7.). In 1762, George III purchased around five hundred paintings, mostly Venetian, from Smith, as well as rare books, prints and drawings. This drawing is one of forty-four bound in an album bearing Smith’s coat-of-arms, which also contains Visentini’s etchings after Canaletto and his designs for a frontispiece and for a double-portrait of both artists.  


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