This painting derives from a composition by Canaletto which incorporates a design by Palladio for the Rialto Bridge which was never built. The buildings on either side are in Vicenza. On the left is the Palazzo Chiericati (now the Museo Civico, Vicenza) and on the right is the Basilica Palladiana. The original painting is in a private collection, listed by Constable and Links as belonging to Senatore Ettore Conti, Milan.1
There is a similar version of the composition in the Royal Collection at Windsor.2
We are grateful to Charles Beddington for his assistance in the cataloguing of this lot.
1. W. G. Constable and J.G. Links, Canaletto, second ed., 1976, p. 437, cat. no. 458.
2. op. cit., p. 435, cat. no. 457.