Lot 209. Francesco Guardi (Venice 1712 - 1793), Venice, A view of San Giorgio Maggiore, oil on canvas, 44 x 58.1 cm.; 17 1/4  x 22 7/8  in. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 GBP. Lot sold 315,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's

The great island monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore, with its church designed by Andrea Palladio and completed in 1610, was one of Guardi's most popular views, and nearly thirty autograph versions are recorded. The view in this hitherto unknown and unpublished work is taken from the Bacino di San Marco looking south west, narrowly omitting the Giudecca on the right hand side of the composition. The view of the island from this angle is unusual, and Morassi records only one other, a small canvas in the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown (Mass.).Both are likely to be works of the artist's maturity.

We are grateful to Charles Beddington for confirming the attribution upon inspection of the original.

1. A. Morassi, Guardi. I Dipinti, Venice 1993, vol. I, p. 392, cat. no. 435, reproduced vol. II, fig. 456.

Sotheby's. Old Masters Day Sale, London, 07 Dec 2017