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Old Somerset House from the River Thames

After a painting in a private collection in the United Kingdom; possibly by an English copyist; pendant to Phildelphia Museum of Art 1946-36-2

Copy after Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal), Italian (active Venice, Rome, and England), 1697 - 1768

Geography:
Made in England, Europe

Date:
After 1752-1753

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
22 1/2 x 35 1/4 inches (57.2 x 89.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1946-36-3

Credit Line:
Gift of John Howard McFadden, Jr., 1946

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  • PublicationBritish Painting in the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    This picture is an exact copy, though of different dimensions, of Canaletto’s (1697-1768) painting of 1752-53 of Old Somerset House from the River Thames (Old Somerset House from the River Thames, 1752-53, oil on canvas, 31 3/8 x 46 3/8” {79.7 x 117.8 cm.}, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brooks Collection).1 Shown are the south facade, garden, and river walk of Old Somerset House, built in 1549 by the Duke of Somerset, Edward Seymour, Lord Protector of England and then governor of the boy Edward VI. After his execution it was used as a royal palace, occupied by foreign ambassadors. Some time before 1763 it was used by the Venetian envoy, hence a probable reason for Canaletto’s interest in painting it. The house was demolished in 1766 to be replaced by Sir William Chambers's building, used as the first home of the Royal Academy. For questions of dating and authorship see the entry for its pendant (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1946-36-2).

    Richard Dorment, from British Painting in the Philadelphia Museum of Art: From the Seventeenth through the Nineteenth Century (1986), p. 440.

    1. See W. G. Constable. Canaletto: Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697-1768. 2nd ed., rev. by J. G. Links. 2 vols. Oxford, 1976, vol. 2, no. 423 for numerous other versions.

    LITERATURE:
    Hilda F. Finberg. "Canaletto in England." The Walpole Society, 1920-1921, vol. 9 (1921), pp. 21-76, pp. 60-63; W. G. Constable. "Canaletto in England: Some Further Works." The Burlington Magazine, vol. 50, no. 286 (January 1927), pp. 17-23, pp. 17-18; W. G. Constable. Canaletto: Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697-1768. 2nd ed., rev. by J. G. Links. 2 vols. Oxford, 1976, vol. 1, pp. 42, 144, vol. 2, pp. 412, no. 419, 414-15, no. 423 version b.