The interrelated views here were made with the page turned horizontally; Finberg later annotated his noncommittal 1909 Inventory entry (‘Buildings from canal’): ‘Shipping & bldgs. Too rough for identification’.1 However, the seemingly convoluted subject is relatively straightforward on close inspection, with a paddle steamer on the Bacino off the south front of the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) at the bottom right, the two columns at the Molo entrance of the Piazzetta at the centre, and sailing vessels moored off the lightly outlined Libreria Sansoviniana and Zecca (Mint) to the west beyond.
The upper view is a continuation to the right, with the palace loosely reprised at the left, more attention being given to the fenestration of its east side above the Rio di Palazzo, with the shallow roof of the New Prisons at the centre and hints of the Gothic tracery of the Hotel Danieli (Palazzo Dandolo) along the Riva degli Schiavoni on the right. There are numerous studies of this familiar scene near the beginning of this sketchbook; compare in particular folios 6 recto and 7 verso (D31801, D31804).
Undated MS note by Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain, II, p.1011.
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