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Descrizione De' Cartoni Disegnati Da Carlo Cignani, E De' Quadri Dipinti Da Sebastiano Ricci Posseduti Dal Signor Giuseppe Smith Console Della Gran Bretagna Appresso la Sereniss. Repubblica di Venezia, Con Un Compendio Delle Vite Dei Due Celebri Professori.

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Variant Title

Catalogus Librorum, quos suis Typis edidit Jo: Baptista Pasquali ad Annum 1749


In Venezia,: MDCCXLIX., Presso Giambattista Pasquali. Con Licenza De' Superiori.

Physical Description

[4], clviii p.; 240 mm. (Quarto.)


[T.p.] - Al Lettore - [Text].

Responsibility Note

No signatures are given on the in-text decorations (title-page vignette, head- and tail-pieces).


A. Griffiths, 'The prints and drawings in the library of Consul Smith', in Print quarterly, 8 (1991), p.127-39; The Consul Smith collection: masterpieces of Italian drawing, ed. F. Vivian [exhibition catalogue] (1989); F. Haskell, 'The foreign residents', in Patrons and painters (2nd. ed., 1980), p.299-316; F. Vivian, Il Console Smith, mercante e collezionista (1971).

On Ricci see B. Allen, 'Venetian painters in England in the earlier eighteenth century', in Canaletto and England, ed. M. Liversidge and J. Farrington [exhibition catalogue] (1993).

On the printer, G.B. Pasquali, see F. Pedrocco, 'Editoria illustrata veneziana del settecento: G.B. Pasquali', in Atti dell'Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti (1975), p.321-30.

Summary Note

The text describes in detail seven works by Cignani and seven by Ricci.

Most of Smith's drawings and prints were kept in volumes in his library. They were described in Bibliotheca Smithiana (1755), and many were bought by George III.

Copy Note

At the end of the text has been bound in a two-page 'Catalogus Librorum, quos suis Typis edidit Jo: Baptista Pasquali ad Annum 1749'. (This alphabetic list appears incomplete, as it ends abruptly at the letter S.)

Binding Note

18th-century quarter vellum, mottled papered boards; spine inscribed faintly in ink, 'Zaist Notizie ... Lamo Discorso ... Descrizione ...'. Bound with one other.

Name as Subject


Drawings - Paintings - Italy - Venice - 17th century - 18th century
British - Collections - Italy - Venice - 18th century
Catalogues - Art criticism - Italy - 18th century
Booksllers' catalogues - Italy - Venice - 18th century