St. Mark's Clocktower, Venice
oil on canvas
housed in a period frame
14 x 19 in. (sight)
This work is modeled after the 1739 engraving, A View of ye Great Clock in St. Mark's Place at Venice, published by Joseph Baudin (English, 1691-1753), who also oversaw its design and production. Baudin is known as an "imitator" of Canaletto, the great Italian landscapist, and produced numerous views of Venice in this manner. The work presented here is a skilled example, likely by the imitator Baudin, though it could also be derived from the engraving, which would have been distributed to some extent.
A family collection inscribed label exists on verso, reading: Possibly a Capriccio, painted to sell to the British.
Provenance: Property from the Mary Alice Geier Turner Estate, Cincinnati, OH
Relined, mild craquelure, and restored condition.