oil on canvas
27.36 in. (69.50 cm.) (height) by 40.24 in. (102.20 cm.) (width)
with a nineteenth-century inscription ‘De la collection du Comte de Shaftesbury’ (on the stretcher) and with inscription ‘Veduta della Palazzo Ducale di Francesco Guardi di Venezia’ (on the relining canvas, presumably transcribed from the reverse of the original canvas)
Paris, Galerie Cailleux, Tiepolo et Guardi dans les collections françaises, November 1952, no. 64.Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, La Peinture vénetienne, 16 October 1953-10 January 1954, no. 41a.
G.A. Simonson, Francesco Guardi, London, 1904, p. 95.R. Pallucchini, ‘Tiepolo e Guardi alla Galleria Cailleux di Parigi’, Arte Veneta, 1952, p. 231.L.R. Bortolatto, L’opera completa di Francesco Guardi, Milan, 1974, pp. 99-100, no. 171, illustrated.A. Morassi, Guardi, Antonio e Francesco Guardi, Venice, 1973, second edition, 1984, I, pp. 241 and 386, no. 402; II, fig. 428.
Purchased in Venice in 1782-4 by Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 5th Earl of Shaftesbury (1761-1811), and by inheritance at St. Giles’s House, Wimborne, Dorset, through his brother, Cropley Ashley-Cooper, 6th Earl of Shaftesbury (1768-1851), to his son, Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885), recorded in ‘A Catalogue of Pictures in St. Giles’ House’, annotated Rec’d 6th January 1873 (Shaftesbury Mss, SG34/1) (‘Guardi Pair of Views in Venice’, initially valued at (£)200 and subsequently valued separately at 50 and 100), and in notes of the 1870s by the 7th Earl as in the Inner East Room (no. 5 ‘View in Venice/ by Guardi—bought at Venice by the 5th Earl—’ or no. 8 'View in Venice/ by Guardi—bought by 5th Earl.’) [we are indebted to the Earl of Shaftesbury and Richard Samways for these references]: a nineteenth-century inscription on the stretcher refers to the ‘Comte de Shaftesbury’.(Possibly) baron Nathan-James-Edouard de Rothschild (1844-1881), to his daughter, Jeanne-Sophie-Henriette, baronne David Léonino (1874-1929), and by descent through her brother,baron Henri-James-Charles-Nathan de Rothschild (1872-1947) to the present owner.