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View from Somerset Gardens looking towards London Bridge
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View from Somerset Gardens looking towards London Bridge

Circa 1746-55

Giovanni Antonio Canaletto (1697 - 1768)

Pen, brown ink an grey wash on laid paper

Width: 73.6 cm; Height: 23.4 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
In 1746 Canaletto travelled to England and over the following decade produced a rich record of mid-Georgian London. In this elaborately finished work, drawn as a collector’s item, the city of London is seen from above the terrace of Old Somerset House, designed by Inigo Jones in the 1630s. Stairs lead to the Thames, thronging with river traffic. In the far distance stands Old London Bridge, while St. Paul’s cathedral towers above a skyline dotted with church spires. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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