A View near Venice (?)

It is thought that this is not an invented caprice, but rather a topographical view, the subject of which has not yet been identified. It has been suggested that it may be a view from the Giudecca, or at Chioggia, but neither idea is entirely convincing. This picture was probably painted between 1775 and 1780. Its early provenance is the same as that for Guardi's 'A Caprice with a Ruined Arch'.

Key facts

Artist dates
1712 - 1793
Full title
A View near Venice (?)
Date made
probably 1775-80
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
20.7 x 30.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery