Capriccio with Reminiscences of Westminster Bridge and Richmond House, Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)
Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)
Capriccio with Reminiscences of Westminster Bridge and Richmond House
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Architectural capriccio, with reminiscences of Richmond House, London, Inv. E.3791-1934

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)

Capriccio with Reminiscences of Westminster Bridge and Richmond House, ca. 1755 – 1760


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min. 237 x 377 mm
maximum height
240 mm
Physical Description
Pen and brown ink and brush in grey over traces of grey chalk, wash, framing line in pen and brown ink, remains of another framing line in black at margins, on laid paper
Inventory Number
459
Object Number
459 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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Canaletto selected several buildings from the topography of London, assembled them in a new composition and enhanced them with Italian motifs such as the portal decorated with three statues or the statue on the high pedestal. The loggia also serves purely decorative purposes, since it possesses neither a door nor a passageway to the house behind it. A work that looks like a veduta at first sight is thus in reality a richly atmospheric capriccio with Italianized motifs of London. The meticulous execution, the multi-coloured wash, and above all the signature on the back are clear indications that the drawing was intended for sale.

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07.06.2024