Capriccio: House and Tower on a Lagoon

mid-18th century
Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) (Italian (Venetian), 1697–1768)

Catalogue Raisonné

Macandrew 050


Sheet: 21.4 x 31.6 cm (8 7/16 x 12 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pen and brown ink with brush and gray wash over graphite pencil on white paper, laid down on a decorated mount

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings




William Esdaille (stamp recto bottom right corner); Charles S. Bale (stamp on back of mat); Earl of Beresford.


Possibly William Beckford (b. 1760 - d. 1844), Fonthill Abbey [see note 1]. William Esdaille (b. 1758 - d. 1837; L. 2617), London; June 18-25, 1840, posthumous Esdaile sale, Christie and Manson, London, lot 452, to Smith. Charles Sackville Bale (b. 1791 - d. 1880, L. 640), London; June 9-14, 1881, posthumous Bale sale, Christie, Manson, and Woods, London, lot 2260, to Lord Mays. Earl of Beresford. 1948, sold by H. V. Allison and Co., Inc., New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1948)

[1] Sold in 1881 as "View on the Lagunes, From the Beckford and Esdaile Collections." There were seventeen "views of Venice" by Canaletto sold under lot 170 in the Fonthill Abbey auction held by Phillips, London, March 1-4, 1824, lot 170.

Credit Line

Arthur Mason Knapp Fund