|Alternative Title||Harbour Scene; Capriccio|
|Collection||Holburne Museum of Art, Bath|
|Artist||Attributed to Guardi, Francesco (Italian painter, 1712-1793)|
|Date Earliest||about 1750|
|Date Latest||about 1790|
|Description||An imaginary view based on the islands at the extremity of the lagoon where Venice joins the sea. The landscape is dominated by a ruined arch, behind which stand a jumble of towers with a distant view of the hills beyond. The stillness of the scene is enlivened by figures from everyday life: fishermen in a boat, a woman carrying her basket of washing along the quayside, a little dog, and, further away, a crowd unloading a boat. Cleaning has recently revealed a distant dome to the right of the arch.|
|Current Accession Number||A318|
|Measurements||48.3 x 71.1 cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Acquisition Details||Given by the Holburne Society, 1933.|
|Principal Exhibitions||Art Treasures from the West Country, Plymouth Art Gallery, 1954, cat. no. 13; Masterpieces from West Country Art Galleries, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, 1989, cat. no. 23; The Beauties of Bath: The Holburne Museum Revealed, Christie's, London, 14 January - 3 February 1998.|
|Publications||Bishop, Philippa and Roscoe, Barley: Holburne of Menstrie Museum and Crafts Study Centre Bath: A Guide to the Collections, pp. 8-9, ill. p. 9; Bishop, Philippa, Holburne Museum of Art: Souvenir Guidebook, Bath, 1999, pp. 32-33, ill. p. 33.|
Comparable works: Algranti, Gilberto (ed.), Aspetti della Pittura in Lombardia e nel Veneto nel ‘700, Circolo della Stampa, Palazzo Serbelloni Milano, November - December 1968, cat. no. 11, Veduta fantastica di un molo; Mostra dei Guardi, exh. cat., Palazzo Grassi, Venice, 1965, cat. no. 121 (Metropolitan Museum, New York) and cat. no. 122 (Lord Illiffe); Burollet, Therese, Peintures et derivees, Musee Cognacq Jay, Paris, 1980, cat. no. 80.
Previous attributions: Courtauld list, 1971, cat. no. 96: 'attrib. Francesco Guardi'; Notes on the Italian paintings compiled by Brunella Mazzardo, volunteer researcher, and Michael Liversidge, University of Bristol, 2002: 'One of several variants of the same composition, in quality superior to other attributed versions.'
|Rights Owner||© The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath|