William Marlow Capriccio: St Paul’s and a Venetian Canal ?c.1795

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William Marlow 1740–1813
Capriccio: St Paul’s and a Venetian Canal
Date ?c.1795
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1295 x 1041 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1954
On loan to Compton Verney House Trust (Compton Verney, UK)

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This is an architectural fantasy ('capriccio'), combining the most instantly recognisable element of the London skyline - St Paul's - with a Venetian canal. The artist, who specialised in city views, may be drawing attention to parallels between Renaissance Venice and modern London. Both cities were made wealthy through international commerce, so Marlow's picture could be interpreted as a fantasy of the ultimate imperial city.

October 2002

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