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While reminiscent of Padua, the cityscape is imaginary and accords with the title of the series containing all but three of his etchings: Vedute, altre prese da i luoghi altre ideate (Views, some taken from nature, others invented). The series was dedicated to Joseph Smith, British consul in Venice and Canaletto's long-time sponsor for whom Canaletto had painted a Caprice View with Reminiscences of Padua in the 1730s.
Canaletto's etchings were made with the simple means of sinuous straight lines with no cross-hatching, but they presented strikingly sunlit landscapes beneath tranquil skies and shadowy foregrounds.
Purchased by the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1958.