Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)

A View of Greenwich from the River


Not on display

Oil paint on canvas
Unconfirmed: 591 × 940 mm
Lent from a private collection 1997
On long term loan

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When Canaletto arrived in England in 1746, he was already well-known as ‘the famous painter of views of Venice’. He stayed for nearly a decade, his presence raising the status of landscape painting here. This view shows the riverfront at Greenwich with the Royal Naval Hospital, and the Queen’s House in the centre beyond. The imposing architecture of the hospital building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, who was also responsible for the Royal Observatory which can be seen on the hill in the distance.

Gallery label, November 2016

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