- William Marlow 1740–1813
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 1295 x 1041 mm
- Purchased 1954
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.
Gallery label, October 2002
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