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Francesco Guardi: 'Caprice View with Ruins'

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This picture is framed with 'A Caprice View with Ruins' with a man and child in the foreground and 'A Caprice View with Ruins' with an elegant couple. All include picturesque ruins with figures; none is based on known buildings.

The style of the three pictures suggests a similar date of execution, probably after 1780. They seem to have been together since first recorded in the early 19th century. All three works are known in other versions by the artist.

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