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Inscription

lower right in brown ink: Ant Balestra. Vero; lower left verso by Esdaile in brown ink: J McGowan's sale 1804 P5.N34

Provenance

John McGowan (Lugt 1496) (sale, 1804), Edinburgh; William Esdaile [1758-1837], London; Private collection (sale, Christie's, London, 8 December 1981, no. 64); (David Tunick, New York); NGA purchase in 1982.

Exhibition History
1994
The Glory of Venice: Art in the Eighteenth Century, Royal Academy of Arts, London, and National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, 83, 84, 426, no. 14 (repro. p. 84, color)(entry by Giorgio Marini).
2014
The Poetry of Light - La poesia della luce: Venetian Drawings from the National Gallery of Art, Museo Correr, Venice, Venice, 2014 - 2015, no. 47.
Bibliography
1994
The Glory of Venice. Exh. cat. Royal Academy of Arts, London; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Museo del Settecento Veneziano - Ca'Rezzonico, Venice; Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice, 1994-1995: 83-84, 426, no. 14.