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CANALETTO, Antonio (1697--1768)
Urbis Venetiarum prospectus celebriores, ex Antonii Canal tabulis XXXVIII. Aere expressi ab Antionio Visentini. In partes tres distributi. Pars prima. (- tersia).
Venetiis apud Joannem Baptistam Pasquali, 1742.
3 pts in 1 vol. ; 51.0 cm. (2°)
I: [4] p., engr. general t.-pl., engr. port., XIV pl.
II: [2] p., 12 pl.
III: [2] p., XII pl.

In about 1726 Joseph Smith, the British Consul in Venice, commissioned Canaletto to paint a series of paintings of the Grand Canal which he had engraved by Visentini. The first 12 canal paintings, along with an additional nautical contest and a Venetian market, were published in 1735 as an album with an engraved title: Prospectus magni canalis Venetiarum, addito certamine nautico et nundinis Venetis: omnia sunt expressa ex tabluus XIV. Pictus ab Antonio Canale, in Aedibus Josephi Smith Angli, delineante atque incidente, Antonio Visentini. This was followed by two more series of paintings for Smith, one of canals and the other of the major squares and churches in Venice, which were engraved and published in 1742 together with the Prospectus and an engraved title-page to cover all three parts. The bulk of Consul Smith's collection was sold to George III in 1762. The letterpress title-pages are printed in red and black.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on front pastedown no79.

Binding Full brown sprinkled paper boards, gilt-tooled spine, red and green leather spine-labels, gilt-tooled and lettered 'Visentini Vedvte' and '1735'.

Reference Number 4065


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