The energetic brushstrokes and use of ground layer, particularly in the sky, are entirely characteristic of Guardi's early style, as is the relatively broad range of colors used, particularly for the figures. Later in his career, circa 1770-1780, Guardi painted similar views on several occasions, though from a somewhat different vantage point and excluding Gli Scalzi.3
1. Francesco Guardi, Festa del Giovedi Grasso in Piazetta, signed and dated 1758, sold London, Sotheby's, 14 December 2000, lot 91.
2. See A. Morassi, Guardi, Antonio e Francesco Guardi, Venice 1973, vol. I, pp. 381-382, cat. nos. 379 and 384.
3. Ibid., vol. I, pp. 418-419, cat. nos. 578-583; another unrecorded version was sold in these Rooms on 26 January 2017, lot 294.
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