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Francesco Guardi
View on the Cannaregio Canal, Venice

c. 1775-1780
oil on canvas
50 x 76.8 cm (19 11/16 x 30 1/4 in)
Achillito Chiesa, Milan, before 1924. [1] (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence); [2] purchased 1932 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [3] gift 1939 to NGA.

[1] According to National Gallery of Art, Preliminary Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture, Washington, D.C., 1941: 93. Following Chiesa's bankruptcy, his collection was dissolved at several sales in New York and Europe beginning in 1924. See Wesley Towner, The Elegant Auctioneers, New York, 1970: 382-383, 412-414. The painting does not appear in the catalogues of the Chiesa sales at the American Art Association in New York, as implied by Antonio Morassi, Guardi: Antonio Francesco Guardi, 2 vols., Venice [1973-1975]: 1:418.
[2] Morassi [1973]: 418, inserted the Matthiesen Galleries, Berlin, 1930, into the provenance at this point; he was, however, the only source to include Matthiessen and cited no documentation. Kress records list only Contini Bonacossi, from whom the Foundation regularly acquired paintings in this period.
[3] Notations in the Kress records (NGA curatorial files), give the date of acquisition as 1932. Roberto Longhi's expert opinion on the back of a Kress photograph (NGA curatorial files) is dated November 1932. Alfred M. Frankfurter, "Eighteenth Century Venice in a New York Collection", The Fine Arts 19 (1932): 10, repro. 9, documents the painting in the Kress Collection by December of that year.
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