CANALETTO
(b. 1697, Venezia, d. 1768, Venezia)

Roofs and Chimneys in Venice

1730s
Pen and ink with wash on paper, 303 x 438 mm
British Museum, London

In some of Canaletto's sketches in pen and wash, like this picture, unpretentious views of rooftops become complex and almost abstract studies of tone and form.