Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)

London: The Old Horse Guards from St James’s Park


Oil paint on canvas
Support: 1172 × 2361 mm
frame: 1402 × 2595 × 78 mm
Lent by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation 2000
On long term loan

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Horse Guards, the building with the clocktower in the centre, was the headquarters of the Commander-in-Chief of the army, and housed the horse guards and some foot guards. It was replaced in the 1750s with the white stone building that stands today. Canaletto’s paintings were 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 invited prospective buyers to view the painting at his Soho lodgings.

Gallery label, November 2016

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