Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)

London: the New Horse Guards from St James’s Park


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Oil paint on panel
Support: 585 × 1100 mm
Lent from a private collection 2014
On long term loan

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This painting is closely related to other views of Horse Guards by Canaletto, including the much larger and slightly earlier image which hangs nearby. Here Canaletto shows the construction of the new Horse Guards building, the original red-brick building having been demolished in 1749–50. Much larger than the earlier building and formed of white stone, it was designed in the classical style by William Kent. Wooden scaffolding can be seen supporting the clock tower, and work on the south wing is yet to begin. This is the building that exists to this day.

Gallery label, November 2016

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