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Francesco Guardi
Capriccio of a Harbor

c. 1760/1770
oil on canvas
122 x 178 cm (48 1/16 x 70 1/16 in)
Possibly (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 31 May 1902, no. 101). [1] (Martin Colnaghi [1821-1908], London). [2] George A. Hearn [1835-1913], New York; (his sale, American Art Galleries, New York, 25 February-4 March 1918, no. 446); purchased by (O. Bernet). [3] Emil Winter, Pittsburgh; (his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 15-17 January 1942, no. 442); purchased by (Julius H. Weitzner [1896-1986], New York). [4] (Schaeffer Galleries, New York); [5] purchased 1942 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1943 to NGA.

[1] "Coast scene, with ruined buildings and bridges, boats and figures in the foreground." The dimensions, 48 x 70 in., match the National Gallery's painting exactly, but this general description could also apply to a lost pendant or even another version. A marginal notation in the Knoedler fiche copy of the catalogue gives the buyer as "Mostyn." Algernon Graves, Art Sales from Early in the Eighteenth Century to Early in the Twentieth Century, 3 vols., London, 1918-1921: 1:383, gives the buyer as "Lawson" and lists an incorrect sale date.
[2] According to the Hearn sale catalogue.
[3] A marginal notation in the NGA copy of the Hearn catalogue lists Bernet as "agent," perhaps for Winter.
[4] Art Prices Current, n.s. 20 (1941-1942): no. 1130.
[5] The original prospectus in the NGA curatorial files bears the Schaeffer Galleries' stamp. There is a reference to a Guardi Capriccio, no. 675, in the Schaeffer Gallery Records at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, but no stock card.
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