FOLLOWER OF GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANAL, CALLED CANALETTO | Venice, a view of the Bacino di San Marco with the Palazzo Ducale and the Piazzetta
Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP
FOLLOWER OF GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANAL, CALLED CANALETTO
Venice, a view of the Bacino di San Marco with the Palazzo Ducale and the Piazzetta
oil on canvas
50.7 x 83.7 cm.; 20 x 33 in.
The canvas has a firm relining, the paint surface is dirty, and the varnish is very discoloured. There is a pinprick loss close to the centre of the upper margin, and one in the upper right corner. Discoloured retouchings to other small losses are visible to the naked eye scattered throughout. Bands of retouching are visible along all four margins. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms all these and reveals a few other older, scattered retouchings in the architecture, left, and through the centre of the sky. The painting will respond very well to cleaning and some attention to the discoloured retouchings. It is otherwise in good overall condition.
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A 19th-century copy after Canaletto's original, of slightly smaller dimensions, commissioned by John, 4th Duke of Bedford (1710–71) in 1732, which remains in the collection of the Dukes of Bedford at Woburn Abbey.1
1 Oil on canvas, 47 x 80 cm.; see W.G. Constable, Canaletto. Giovanni Antonio Canal 1697–1768, London 1962 (and subsequent editions revised by J.G. Links), vol. II, pp. 235–36, cat. no. 101, reproduced vol. I, plate 28, fig. 101.