The Wallace Collection

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Venice: the Grand Canal from the Palazzo Foscari to the Carità
  • Canaletto (1697 - 1768)
  • Venice: the Grand Canal from the Palazzo Foscari to the Carità
  • Italy
  • c. 1740 - 1750
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 46.2 x 77.3 cm
    Object size: 64.5 x 94.5 x 9.5 cm
  • P510
  • West Gallery I
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Further Reading
  • The second picture in the pair with P506 looks south, down the Grand Canal towards the gabled church and bell-tower of Santa Maria della Carità (now the Accademia Gallery). The prime version of this composition is in the Royal Collection, after which Visentini's engraving was published in 1742. The present painting, in which the view is painted slightly further to the right and with different boats and figures, is of almost the same dimensions as the Royal Collection painting.

    When the pictures appeared in the sale of Sir Thomas Bernard at Christie’s in 1855, Lord Hertford described them as ‘very pretty and appear to me to be in a very good state. They are neither of them very good views of Venice but nevertheless I must say I should rather like to have one of them – no.70 [now P510]. The other I have no fancy for….I shd. Think 250 to 300 at most for no. 70, certainly the best of the two, wd. be a good price.’ Keen as ever to effect a successful purchase, he reminded his agent Samuel Mawson with his customary urgency ‘They are sold tomorrow Saturday’, despite the fact that it was Mawson who had initiated discussion of the sale in the first place.