Bellotto drawings are rare. Datable to the mid-1740s, this fine and atmospheric drawing is most probably a study from life. We are grateful to Bozena Anna Kowalczyk, who has seen the original, for pointing out that this is a particularly attractive and stylistically typical example of the artist's work, although its format is rather unusual. She has also observed that the somewhat classical execution, less mannered than in the artist's earlier drawings, indicates a dating of around 1744-45. The type of buildings and the interest in creating an extensive prospect towards the mountainous background are similar to what we see in paintings such as the view of Gazzada near Varese (now in the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan), or the views of Turin (see S. Kozakiewicz, Bernardo Bellotto, London 1972, vol. II, p. 66, no. 91 and p. 73, nos. 92, 93). Kowalczyk has further pointed out that the mountain in the background of the present drawing also appears in Bellotto's Paduan Capriccio, in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid (see S. Kozakiewicz, op. cit., vol. II, p. 84, no. 109). These various elements all support the proposed dating, and the drawing must therefore have been executed between Bellotto's trips to Lombardy and to Piedmont.