About This Artwork

Italian, 1697-1768

Mestre, from Vedute, 1735/44

Etching in black on ivory laid paper
293 x 430 mm (image); 302 x 435 mm (plate); 434 x 586 mm (sheet)

The Joseph Brooks Fair Collection, 1922.1381.17

As more Englishmen took the grand tour of Europe in the 18th century, Venice saw a huge influx in tourists. In order to meet the demand for the works of the popular Venetian artist Canaletto, the British consul to Venice, Joseph Smith, commissioned Vedute (Views), an album of etchings depicting Venetian landscapes. This print shows the landing place for boats plying between Mestre and Venice. Huddled by the river, this busy commercial center is shown populated with horse-drawn carriages and couples walking along the banks of the waterway.

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