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Warwick Castle: The East Front

Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal) (Italian, Venice 1697–1768 Venice)

Date:
1752
Medium:
Pen and brown ink, gray wash
Dimensions:
12 7/16 x 22 1/8 in. (31.6 x 56.2 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.297
  • Description

    Canaletto's highly detailed, topographically accurate panoramic views were greatly admired and avidly collected by English visitors to Venice, who acquired them as souvenirs of the Grand Tour. In 1746, when demand for Canaletto's work in his native city declined, he traveled to England. He remained there for nearly a decade, producing characteristically descriptive views of London and the English countryside. The artist completed five paintings of Warwick Castle, the subject of this scenic drawing, for Francis Greville, Lord Brooke, and later Earl of Warwick. The Lehman sheet appears to have served as a preparatory design for the canvas now in the City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, one of two versions depicting the castle from the east.

  • Provenance

    The Hon. Charles Greville (possibly); Paul Sandby (Lugt 2112); Lady Eva Dugdale, London; Dugdale sale, Sotheby's London, November 18, 1920, lot 42; Adrien Fauchier-Magnan, Paris and Cannes-La Bocca, France; Fauchier-Magnan sale, Sotheby's London, December 4, 1935, lot 4; P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London; Philip Hofer, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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