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 Canaletto (Italian painter, 1697-1768) , Warwick Castle: the East Front from the Courtyard

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Title Warwick Castle: the East Front from the Courtyard
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Canaletto (Italian painter, 1697-1768)
Date 1752
Description Canaletto arrived in England at the end of May 1746 and soon afterwards must have been introduced to the young Francis Greville, Lord Brooke (later Earl of Warwick). A series of four payments in Lord Brooke's account from 1748-52 indicates that Canaletto made at least two visits to Warwick. The view is over the lawn within the court of Warwick Castle and encompasses left to right, Guy's Tower, the Clock Tower and an entrance gate, Caesar's Tower. Through the gate, the spire of the church of St Nicholas can be seen. In this, Canaletto has made some pictorial adjustments in that the spire cannot actually be seen from this point. The two newly planted fir trees to the right of the gate are probably early evidence of 'Capability' Brown's landscaping for the courtyard.
Current Accession Number 1978P174
Former Accession Number P.17478
Subject landscape; buildings and gardens (Warwick Castle)
Measurements 75.0 x 122 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased by public subscription with the assistance of special Government grants and contributions from Charitable Trusts, Industry, Commerce, the City of Birmingham, West Midlands County Council, the National Art-Collections Fund and the Friends of Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery 1978
Provenance Commissioned by Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick; by descent to Francis Greville, Lord Brook (later 8th (?) Earl of Warwick); Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd
Principal Exhibitions Masterpieces of Venetian Painting, Agnew's, 1953, cat. no. 10; Works of Art from Midland Houses, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1953, cat. no. 154.
Publications Finberg, H., 'Canaletto in England', The Walpole Society, vol. 9, 1921, pp. 40 - 41, ill. 67; Moschini, fig. 255; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 22, ill.
Notes One of five paintings and three drawings of Warwick Castle by Canaletto.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth
 

 

 

 

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