Warwick Castle, the East Front from the Outer Court by Canaletto

Painted in 1752, after the artist's trip to Venice, it depicts the exterior of Warwick Castle with a glimpse of the old town to the right and topographically correct, a view notable for its animated and elegantly dressed figures and for the intense blue of the sky.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
73 x 122 cm
Art Fund grant:
£17,500 ( Total: £275,000; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
1978
Vendor:
Marlborough Fine Art

Its Italianesque light adds a Mediterranean touch to a traditional English scene. Canaletto painted five views of Warwick Castle during his two visits to England in 1746-50 and 1751-55. This piece and its companion Warwick castle, the East Front from the Inner Court, were acquired by the American collector Paul Mellon in 1977 but their export license was withheld. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery launched a national campaign to raise funding for their purchase.

Provenance

Commissioned by Francis Greville, 1st Earl of Warwick; by descent.

Venue details

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Chamberlain Square, BIRMINGHAM West Midlands B3 3DH 0121 303 1966 www.bmag.org.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass

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