In pictures: Canaletto – Celebrating Britain

From Westminster Abbey to Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s cathedral, Giovanni Antonio Canal – popularly known as ‘Canaletto’ – created some of the most renowned paintings of London’s landmarks during the 18th century

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Next week, in a touring exhibition, some of Canaletto’s best paintings and drawings of the capital are to go on display for the final time at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal, Cumbria. Thousands of people have already visited the exhibition, which was previously on show at Compton Verney Art Gallery in Warwickshire and The Holburne Museum in Bath.

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‘Canaletto – Celebrating Britain’ features some of Canaletto’s most famous work, including his paintings of Somerset House and the Grand Walk in Vauxhall Gardens.

The exhibition also displays some of Canaletto’s paintings of Venice, which were incredibly popular among British gentlemen during the 1700s.

Here, we take a sneak peek at some of the pieces on show at the exhibition…
 

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A view of Walton Bridge, by Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), 1697–1768. By permission of the trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery.

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The church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, by Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), 1697–1768. © Manchester City Galleries.

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The Grand Walk in Vauxhall Gardens, by Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), 1697–1768. © Compton Verney Art Gallery.

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The interior of the Rotunda at Ranelagh, by Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), 1697–1768. © Compton Verney Art Gallery.

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A self-portrait with St Paul’s cathedral in the background at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire, by Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), 1697–1768. © National Trust Images/Hamilton Kerr Inst/Chris Titmus. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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A view of Greenwich from the river, by Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), 1697–1768. Oil paint on canvas, c1750–2. © Tate, London 2014.

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The Church of the Redentore, by Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), 1697–1768. © Manchester City Galleries.

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‘Canaletto: Celebrating Britain‘ is on display from 22 October 2015 until 14 February 2016 at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal, Cumbria. To find out more, click here.