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Canaletto, 1697–1768, Venetian, active in Britain (1746–55)

Westminster from Near the Terrace of Somerset House

Former Title(s):

The Thames from the Terrace of Somerset House, looking upstream towards Westminster and Whitehall [1985, Cormack, YCBA Concise Catalogue]

The Thames from the Terrace of Somerset House, Looking toward Westminster

The City of Westminster from the Terrace of Somerset House

View of the River Thames, from the Terrace of Somerset House Gardens, Looking towards Westminster Bridge

ca. 1750
Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 15 1/4 x 28 1/4 inches (38.7 x 71.8 cm)

Label on verso, upper left: “Pitt & Scott Ltd | London | [handwritten] Paul Mellon | [typed] BO [handwritten] 2094 | N0 1”; upper center: “Antonion Canaletto (handwritten) PM 2686 | [typed] The Thames from the Terrace of Somerset House, looking up stream”; lower center: “Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd. | [logo] No 26734 | By Appointment to the Late King George [...] | London, | 43, Old Bond Street”

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
abbey | boats | bridge (built work) | buildings | children | churches | cityscape | costume | genre subject | men | river | rowboats | sailboats | terrace | towers | walking | women
Associated Places:
Banqueting House | City of Westminster | England | Greater London | London | Smith Square | Somerset House | St. John the Evangelist | St. Stephen's Chapel, Palace of Westminster | Thames | United Kingdom | Westminster | Westminster Abbey | Westminster Hall
Associated People:
Jones, Inigo (1573–1652), architect and theatre designer
On view in the galleries
IIIF Manifest:

Charles Beddington, Canaletto in England, a Venetian artist abroad, 1746-1755 , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2006, pp. 21, 61-63, cat. no. 6, NJ18 C17 B45 2006 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Canaletto to Constable, paintings of town and country from the Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Conn., 1998, pp. 7-8, 45, pl. 10, ND1354.4 Y25 1998 (YCBA)

Canaletto, paintings and drawings : the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 1980-81 , Queen's Gallery (London, England), London, 1980, p. 74, NJ18 C17 C35 (YCBA)

Christie's sale catalogue : Important pictures by old masters, the properties of Mrs. G. Arnot ... and others : 26 November 1965, Christie's, November 26, 1965, p. 35-36, 37, lot no. 69, Auction Catalogues (YCBA)

W. G. Constable, Canaletto : Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697-1768., Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1976, p. 420 (v. 2), no. 429(a), Pl. .207, NJ18 C17 C65 1976 (YCBA)

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 48-49, N590.2 A83 (YCBA)

Hilda F. Finberg, Canaletto in England, Volume of the Walpole Society, vol. IX, 1920-1921, p. 38, N12 W35 +A1 v.9 (YCBA)

Richard R. Holmes, London by Canaletto, Art Journal, vol. 56, 1894, pp. 132-33, Available online British Historical Periodicals Also available in hard copy J10 Ar74 + OVERSIZE (LSF)

Mark Laird, Mrs. Delany & her circle, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2009, p. 49, fig. 45, NJ18 D3774 M77 2009 + OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Le Port des Lumie`res, La peinture a` Bordeaux, 1750-1800 , vol. 1, Musee des beaux-arts de Bordeaux, 1989, p. 46, fig. 1, N6851 B6 P67 1989 (LSF)

Les Ports de France de Vernet sont-ils une serie de Vedute?, Zeitschrift f r Kunstgeschichte, vol. 72, no. 4, 2009, p. 579-80, J10 Z385 2009 Bd. 72 + OVERSIZE (SML)

Michael Levey, The later Italian pictures in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England, 1991, p. 19, cat. no. 375, ND616 L48 1991 (YCBA)

M. J. H. Liversidge, Canaletto & England, Merrell Holberton, London, 1993, pp. 21, 43, NJ18 C17 C2 1993 (YCBA)

K. T. (Karl Theodore) Parker, The drawings of Antonio Canaletto in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle, with an appendix to the catalogue by Charlote Crawley. , Nuova Alfa Editoriale, Bologna, 1990, p. 53, NJ18 C17 P372 1990 (YCBA)

Roxane Sperber, Canaletto's Colour : the inspiration and implications of changing grounds, pigments and paint applications in the artist's English period, British Art Studies, Issue 2, Spring 2016, pages are unnumbered, masthead; figs 6, 9, 14, 15, 28, Available Online (Orbis) http://dx.doi.org/10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-02/rsperber-jstenger

Roxane Sperber, Canaletto's Colour, The Inspiration and Implications of Changing Grounds, Pigments and Paint Application in the Artist's English period, http://www.britishartstudies.ac.uk/index/article-index/canaletto-colour/issue/issue-2 , British Art Studies, April 4, 2016, fig. 6, Available Online

Yale Center for British Art, Da Canaletto a Constable, vedute di citta` e di campagna dallo Yale Center for British Art : Ferrara - Palazzo dei Diamanti, 25 febbraio -20 maggio 2001 , Ferrara Arte, Ferrara, 2001, pp. 28-29, 70-72, pl. 11, ND1354.4 Y2517 2001 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

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