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A sense of history guided John Gellatly and many collectors of his ear. Gellatly no doubt believed this painting to be a minor work by the Baroque landscapist Francesco Guardi. Its frame, made in the 1920s but inspired by earlier Venetian designs, underscores its age and character.

Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano, 2021.

Credit: Gift of John Gellatly...

18th century
Oil on canvas
7.8 x 11.0cm
1929.6.50
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2023

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