19TH CENTURY ENGLISH FOLLOWER OF GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANAL, CALLED CANALETTO | Venice, the entrance to the Grand Canal, looking west
19TH CENTURY ENGLISH FOLLOWER OF GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANAL, CALLED CANALETTO
Venice, the entrance to the Grand Canal, looking west
oil on canvas
76 x 127 cm.; 29⅞ x 50 in.
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. A rather distinct network of craquelure is visible, particularly in the water in the foreground and in the architecture on the left. The canvas weave has become slightly more visible in some areas of the sky, notably in the centre. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals few, scattered pin-prick retouchings in the sky, and small areas of fine lines in the water most notably lower left, and the buildings on the left to disguise the appearance of the aforementioned craquelure. The painting however appears to be largely untouched and in overall good condition.
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A derivation after Canaletto's original smaller canvas in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.1
1 47.5 x 79.5 cm.; see W.G. Constable, Canaletto. Giovanni Antonio Canal 1697–1768, London 1962 (and subsequent editions revised by J.G. Links), vol. II, pp. 262–63, cat. no. 164, reproduced vol. I, pl. 36, fig. 164.