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Bernardo Bellotto and Workshop
Nymphenburg Palace, Munich

c. 1761
oil on canvas
68.4 x 119.8 cm (26 15/16 x 47 3/16 in)
Art market, 1936. [1] Dr. Gustav Mez, Switzerland; (Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York); [2] purchased October 1951 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [3] gift 1961 to NGA.

[1] Hellmuth Allwill Fritzsche, Bernardo Bellotto, genannt Canaletto, Burg-bei-Magdeburg, 1936: 116, no. V.120. More probably the early provenance is the same as the companion painting (see NGA 1961.9.64), as was stated in Saemy Rosenberg's letter of 27 September 1951 to the Kress Foundation (copy in NGA curatorial files).
[2] When Rosenberg and Stiebel sold the painting to the Kress Foundation, the provenance was given as "a Swiss private collection" (see the 1951 Rosenberg letter mentioned in note 1). Stefan Kozakiewicz, Bernardo Bellotto, translated by Mary Whittall, 2 vols., Greenwich, Connecticut, 1972: 2:234, no. 295, identified the collector as Dr. Gustav Mez, who was a German industrialist resident in Switzerland.
[3] The bill of sale is dated and marked paid on 23 October 1951 (copy in NGA curatorial files).
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