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Houses Along a River
Pen and brown ink, over red chalk, on paper.
5 9/16 x 15 3/8 inches (141 x 391 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913) in 1909.
IV, 141a

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This sketch originally formed a panorama with another sheet, now in the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge; the subject has been tentatively identified as a stretch of the Brenta River in Padua. Along the top there are very free sketches of the roofs of two houses and a waterwheel. The sheet also bears a number of autograph annotations: B (for bianco, "white"), R (for rosso, "red"), and sciaro tutto to indicate a broad area of shadow. Parts of the view were incorporated in two finished drawings, an etching, and at least one painting. --Exhibition Label, from "Tiepolo, Guardi, and Their World: Eighteenth-Century Venetian Drawings"


Watermark: letters "AC" with circle on stem between letters.

William Bates (Lugt 2604); Dr. John Percy, London (no mark; see Lugt 1504); Charles Fairfax Murray (1849-1919), London and Florence; from whom purchased through Galerie Alexandre Imbert, Rome, in 1909 by Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), New York (no mark; see Lugt 1509); his son, J.P. Morgan, Jr. (1867-1943), New York.
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Bates, William, -1884, former owner.
Percy, John, Dr., former owner.
Murray, Charles Fairfax, 1849-1919, former owner.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913, former owner.

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