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In the eighteenth century Rome and Venice were essential stops on the Grand Tour of Europe, leading to increased demand for printed views of those cities. In response to this demand, Canaletto published a set of thirty-one views of Venice and its surroundings, dedicated and probably financed by Joseph Smith, British consul in Venice. Canaletto's views comprise both actual vistas and imaginary evocations. Mestre is a harbor just outside Venice. Catalogue raisonne: de Vesme 3 i/ii; Pallucchini and Guarnati i/ii; Bromberg 3 ii/ii Inscription: Recto, in plate below design, "A. Canal f." at l.l. and "Mestre" at c.; Baumfeld's stamp at l.l. Provenance: Rudolf L. Baumfeld, Los Angeles; William Schab, New York