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Canal Canaletto, Giovanni Antonio Canaletto

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Venice, the churches of the Redentore and San Giacomo;Venice, the prisons and the Bridge of Sighs, looking Northwest from the balcony


A pair, both oil on canvas


Canal Canaletto, Giovanni Antonio Canaletto


The following condition report is provided by Sarah Walden who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's: Giovanni Antonio Canal. Canaletto. View of the Redentore, Venice. As with its pair this painting appears immaculate and proves indeed to be as perfectly untouched as it appears. There are a few rare minute retouchings in the sky, which are fairly recent, but there is no trace of recent restoration or disturbance of the well established seemingly quite old varnish. Every detail is perfectly intact and virtually untouched. This report was not done under laboratory conditions. Giovanni Antonio Canal, Canaletto. View of the Prisons. Venice. This pair of views of Venice have been extremely carefully watched over since the eighteenth century when they were brought to Britain, possibly in connection with the Grand Tour. Both are now protected behind but have fairly old linings and old stretchers. In every way they appear to have been preserved intact with extraordinary dedication, while changing hands comparatively often during the last century. The remarkable, virtually untouched condition of these two paintings is striking to the naked eye but also under any technical analysis, for instance under Ultra violet light there is literally just one small retouching in the sky, with another tiny touch near the right edge. The texture of the surface is also entirely unworn, with a varnish dating back perhaps well beyond the end of the last century. This immaculate untouched quality is utterly exceptional. This report was not done under laboratory conditions . "This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."


Each: 18 3/8  by 30 1/4  in.; 46.7 by 76.8 cm.


London, Savile Gallery, Canaletto, January 1930, no. 9, (The Redentore); London, Arthur Tooth and Son, November-December 1952, nos. 2 and 4; London, Walpole Gallery, Italian Landscapes and Vedute, 14 June - 28 July 1989, nos. 26-27.


K.T. Parker, The Drawings of Antonio Canaletto in the Collection of His Majesty the King at Windsor Castle, London 1948, p. 35, under no. 34 (The Redentore); W.G. Constable, Canaletto: Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697-1768, London 1962 (and subsequent editions revised by J.G. Links), vol. I, reproduced pl. 26 (The Prisons), vol. II, pp. 225 & 347, nos. 84 and 318, and pp. 346-7 & 590 under nos. 317 and 775; L. Puppi, L’opera completa del Canaletto, Milan 1968, nos. 257, reproduced (The Prisons) and 258; J.G. Links, Canaletto, The Complete Paintings, London 1981, p. 80, nos. 275, reproduced (The Prisons) and 276; A. Corboz, Canaletto. Una Venezia immaginaria, Milan 1985, vol. II, p. 662, nos. P 357-358 both reproduced; C. Crawley in K.T. Parker, The Drawings of Antonio Canaletto in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle, with an Appendix to the Catalogue by Charlotte Crawley, Bologna 1990, p. 169, under no. 34 (The Redentore); J.G. Links, A Supplement to W.G. Constable’s Canaletto: Giovanni Antonio Canal 1697-1768, London 1998, pp. 9 and 31-32, reproduced (The Redentore), plate 269; C. Beddington, Canaletto in England, exhibition catalogue, New Haven 2006, p. 169, both reproduced; Canaletto à Venise, exhibition catalogue, Paris 2012, p. 138, under cat. no. 39.


Possibly, acquired by Sir Richard Neave, 1st Bt. (1731-1814), Dagnam Park, Essex, possibly directly from the artist in London in the late 1740s, and by descent there until sold before 1891 (presumably the paintings entered for sale by Sheffield H.M. Neave of 39 Bryanston Square, London, at Christie’s, London, June 27, 1885, lots 25 and 26, the first painting described as of ‘The Doge’s Palace’, but both withdrawn before the sale); G.A.F. Cavendish Bentinck, M.P., P.C., 3 Grafton Street, London, and Brownsea Island; His deceased sale, London, Christie’s, 11 July 1891, lots 625 and 626, described as ‘The Church of Santa Maria della Salute’ and ‘The Bridge of Sighs’, sold together for 115 gns to Lesser; With Lesser, Bond Street, London; By whom sold to Willson Bros., Pall Mall, London; By whom sold to Mr. later Sir, George Leon, Bt., 48 Brompton Square, London; With Savile Gallery, London, 1928; By whom sold to Mark Oliver; With Arthur Tooth & Sons, 31 Bruton Street, London; Private collection, by 1952; Anonymous sale, London, Christie’s, 9 December 1988, lot 40; With the Walpole Gallery, London, 1989; Private collection, USA; With Lampronti Gallery; Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2007.  






Property from a European Private Collection


Venice 1697 - 1768

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