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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto, Italian (Venice, Italy 1697 - 1768 Venice, Italy)
A View of Roofs; verso: Landscape Sketch
Work Type
c. 1740
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Veneto, Venice
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Brown ink over red chalk on cream antique laid paper; verso: brown ink
actual: 18.8 x 22.2 cm (7 3/8 x 8 3/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: lower right, brown ink, in Canaletto's hand: piu largho
  • watermark: Bow and arrow (Mongan-Sachs W. 26)
Charles A. Loeser, Florence, Italy, Bequest to Fogg Art Museum, 1932.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Charles A. Loeser
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Detlev Freiherr von Hadeln and Campbell Dodgson, The Drawings of Antonio Canal Called Canaletto (London, England, 1929), p. 10

Tiepolo and His Contemporaries, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 1938), no. 56

"Exhibition of Eighteenth Century Italian Landscape Painting and its Influence in England", Bulletin of the Associates in Fine Arts at Yale University, Yale University (New Haven, CT, 1940), vol. IX, no. 2, no. 12. repr.

Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. 1, cat. no. 311, p. 158; vol. 2, repr. fig. 148

Ruth Wedgwood Kennedy, Italian Drawings, 1330-1780, exh. cat., Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, MA, 1941), cat. no. 6, n.p.

Hans Tietze, European Master Drawings in the United States, J. J. Augustin, Inc. (New York, 1947), no. 94, repr.

Venice in the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1948), no. 5

Canaletto and Bellotto, exh. cat., Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield, MA, 1960), no. 9

Vittorio Moschini, Canaletto, A. Martello (Milan, Italy, 1963), pl. 184

Jean Sutherland Boggs, "Canaletto in Canada", The Connoisseur (1964), vol. CLVII, p. 152, repr.

Mr. Constable, Canaletto, Art Gallery of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1964), no. 102, repr.

Terisio Pignatti, Canaletto Disegni, La Nuova Italia Editrice (Florence, Italy, October 1969), pl. XXXIX

Terisio Pignatti, Canaletto: Selected Drawings (University Park, PA, 1970), no. XXXIX, repr.

XVIII Century Venice: Drawings from American Academic Collections: Paintings from the Seattle Art Museum, exh. cat., Henry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA, 1974), no. 2, repr.

Mr. Constable, Canaletto: Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697-1768, The Clarendon Press (Oxford, England, 1976), no. 665, repr. pl. 122

Konrad Oberhuber, ed., Old Master Drawings: Selections from the Charles A. Loeser Bequest, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1979), cat. no. 36, pp. 84-85, and p. 10, repr.

Agnes Mongan, Konrad Oberhuber, and Jonathan Bober, The Famous Italian Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Silvana Editoriale (Milan, Italy, 1988), cat. no. 69, n.p., and p. 68, repr. color

K. Baetjer and J. G. Links, Canaletto, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art / Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1989), no. 103, repr.

Carlo Francini, "L'inventario della collezione Loeser alla Villa Gattaia", Bollettino della Società di Studi Fiorentini (2000), no. 6, p. 122 ("Cartella III")

Matthias Waschek, Marjorie B. Cohn, Judith Mann, and Stephan Wolohojian, Ideal [Dis-] Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer, exh. cat., Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, 2008), no. 49, repr. pp. 34-35

Exhibition History

Tiepolo and his Contemporaries, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 03/14/1938 - 04/24/1938

Exhibition of Eighteenth Century Italian Landscape Painting and its Influence in England, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, 01/18/1940 - 02/25/1940

Italian Drawings, 1330-1780, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 12/01/1941 - 12/20/1941

Venice in the Eighteenth Century, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 05/05/1948 - 06/10/1948

Scenic Painters and Draughtsmen of 18th Century Venice, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 01/22/1958 - 03/02/1958

Canaletto & Bellotto, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, 08/02/1960 - 08/31/1960

Canaletto, Toronto Art Gallery, Toronto, 10/16/1964 - 11/15/1964; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 12/04/1964 - 01/10/1965; Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Montreal, 01/29/1965 - 02/28/1965

XVIII Century Venice: Drawings from American Academic Collections, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, 09/22/1974 - 10/20/1974

Canaletto, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/30/1989 - 01/21/1990

Ideal [Dis-] Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, 10/24/2008 - 10/03/2009

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