Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)
London: The Old Horse Guards from St James’s Park c.1749

Artwork details

London: The Old Horse Guards from St James’s Park
Date c.1749
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1172 x 2361 mm
Lent by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation 2000
On long term loan
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1730

Display caption

Horse Guards, the red-brick building in the centre built in 1663-5, was the headquarters of the army General Staff, and housed the horse guards and some foot guards. It was replaced in the 1750s with the white stone building that stands today. The Venetian Canaletto arrived in London in 1746, his paintings in demand from rich patrons. However, this work was produced speculatively, possibly in the hope of selling it to a wealthy resident of Downing Street (seen on the right). Canaletto later advertised in the Daily Advertiser for prospective buyers to view the painting at his Soho lodgings.

October 2013

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