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ENGLISH FOLLOWER OF CANALETTO | VENICE, A VIEW OF THE PALAZZO DUCALE FROM THE BACINO, WITH THE BUCINTORO RETURNING TO THE MOLO ON ASCENSION DAY

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

50,000 - 70,000 GBP

The Property of a Lady

ENGLISH FOLLOWER OF CANALETTO | VENICE, A VIEW OF THE PALAZZO DUCALE FROM THE BACINO, WITH THE BUCINTORO RETURNING TO THE MOLO ON ASCENSION DAY

ENGLISH FOLLOWER OF CANALETTO | VENICE, A VIEW OF THE PALAZZO DUCALE FROM THE BACINO, WITH THE BUCINTORO RETURNING TO THE MOLO ON ASCENSION DAY

Estimate:

50,000 - 70,000 GBP

Lot sold:

62,500

GBP

The Property of a Lady

ENGLISH FOLLOWER OF CANALETTO

VENICE, A VIEW OF THE PALAZZO DUCALE FROM THE BACINO, WITH THE BUCINTORO RETURNING TO THE MOLO ON ASCENSION DAY


oil on canvas

unframed: 76.3 x 127.5 cm.; 30 x 50⅛ in.

framed: 101.5 x 152.5 cm.; 40 x 60 in.


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The canvas is lined and the paint surface is clean, with a clear varnish. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals wash retouching scattered through the sky, as well as scattered small fine lines. There are further small, fine lines of retouching, and some wash, scattered in the architecture, vessels and water, notably in and around the foremost gondola and in the lower right corner. None of these impede the legibility of the image, which appears bright and ready to hang in its current state. The painting is in overall good condition.


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With Maurice Segoura, Paris, from whom acquired.

This composition is based on a design by Canaletto employed in the painting that was formerly with Bellesi, London, in 1940,1 and in an autograph version in the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona (inv. no. 77, on deposit from the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza).2 A number of other studio versions also exist.3

The present work emulates the position and formation of the clouds in the Bellesi picture; much of the staffage and the gondolas are also replicated; but the composition as a whole in this painting feels more spacious, with the canal slightly widened and more water visible between the vessels.


1 http://catalogo.fondazionezeri.unibo.it/scheda/opera/71706/

2 https://www.museunacional.cat/en/colleccio/return-il-bucintoro-ascension-day/giovanni-antonio-canal-canaletto/212851-000

3 See W.G. Constable, Canaletto. Giovanni Antonio Canal 1697–1768, London 1976, vol. II, pp. 361–62, under cat. no. 340.