TO The Right Honourable THOMAS, Lord BELLASIS, Viscount FAƲLCONBERG.
WHen I had the ho∣nour to attend your Lordship in your Embassy to the States of Venice, it was my fortune Page [unnumbered] there to meet with a small Piece, entituled Viaggio Pittoresco d'Italia, the Task being of no very great difficulty, and alto∣gether agreeable to my own in∣clination, I have gratified my self; and I hope not disobliged ingenious Artists in a faithful rendition of it into English; which I have done the rather because the Book is rarely to be found in Italy, and I can∣not remember I have seen any Original in England but that which is in my own hands. I Page [unnumbered] have taken courage to prefix your Lordships honourable name to this Translation to render it acceptable to the world, under the Patronage of an acurate Judge, and a zealous lover and encourager of the noble Art of Painting. If it may serve to put your Lordship in mind of the pleasure you received by a personal view and admiration of those great Masters elaborate Pieces when your Lordship was abroad; and in any mea∣sure testifie my desires to serve Page [unnumbered] your Lordship, 'tis the greatest Honour and satisfaction can be wished for, or is attainable by,
Your Lordship's most obliged and most obedient Servant W. L.