The Old Print Shop

Venice, Rebuilding the Campanile.

  • ARTIST: Joseph Pennell

  • MEDIUM: Lithograph,

    DATE: 1911.

  • EDITION SIZE: Edition 25. Paper size 19 3/4 x 17 5/8" (63 x 47 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Notes are written in pencil to the printer at the lower paper edge. "The changes in the methods of work between Canaletto's time and mine were never more clearly shown. When he drew the building being restored it was hidden in the scaffolding; when it was rebuilt, as I saw it a few years ago, everything was done from the inside, till the top was reached, men and material being carried up on elevators. It is said one of our ingenious American Captains of Labor offered to rebuild it free if the Venetians would let him put two elevators in, and have the profits of them for twenty-five years, after which he would hand it to the city and retire on the results. The Syndic declined, but put in the elevators. " (J.P. 1916) <br><br>

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Signed in stone. Inscribed "Venice, Nov.18, 1911." Printing instructions in lower margin.

  • CONDITION: Good condition, remains of old tape in top margin.

  • REFERENCE: W (L) #217.