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 Canaletto (Italian painter, 1697-1768) , Warwick Castle, East Front

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Title Warwick Castle, East Front
Collection Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Canaletto (Italian painter, 1697-1768)
Date 1752
Description The view encompasses (left to right), Caesar's Tower, the Clock Tower and entrance gate, and Guy's Tower. A porter in livery at the right appears to have recently admitted a wealthy group of visitors with their guide. The old town is glimpsed to the right. Lord Brook commissioned a series of views of Warwick Castle for his London residence. He made payments to Canaletto in 1748, 1749 and 1752.
Current Accession Number 1978P173
Former Accession Number P.17378
Subject landscape; buildings and gardens (Warwick Castle)
Measurements 73.0 x 122 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased by public subscription with the assistance of special Government grants and contributions from Charitable Trusts, Industry, Commerce, the City of Birmingham, West Midlands County Council, the National Art-Collections Fund and the Friends of Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery 1978.
Provenance Commissioned by Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick; by descent to Francis Greville, Lord Brook (later 8th (;) Earl of Warwick); Marlborough Fine Art (London) Ltd.
Principal Exhibitions Masterpieces of Venetian Painting, Agnew's, 1953, cat. no. 9; Works of Art from Midland Houses, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 1953, cat. no. 153; Canaletto: Disegni, Dipinti, Incisioni, Fondazione Cini, Venice, 1982, cat. no. 105; The Art Treasures of England, Royal Academy of Arts, 1998; NACF Centenary Regional Exhibition, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, 2003; NACF Centenary Regional Exhibition, Hayward Gallery, 2003 - 2004; Canaletto in England: A Venetian Artist Abroad 1746 - 1755, Yale Centre for British Art, 2006, and Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2006.
Publications Finberg, H., 'Canaletto in England', The Walpole Society, 1921, vol. 9, pp. 40 - 41; Constable, W. G., Canaletto, 1962 (2 vols) reprinted, 1976 and 1989, no. 446, p. 142 (1989 edition, no. 446, LXV - LXVI); Buttery, D., 'Canaletto at Warwick', Burlington Magazine, vol. (;), 1987, pp. 437 - 445; Kowa, G., Architektur der Englischen Gotik, Dumont Buchverlag Koln, 1990, p. 249, ill. 206; Foreign Paintings in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, A Summary Catalogue, 1983, no. 21, ill.
Notes One of five paintings and three drawings of Warwick Castle by Canaletto.
Rights Owner Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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