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Canaletto (1697 - 1768)

Riva degli schiavoni, Venice


Oil on canvas

Height: 126.2cm
Width: 204.6cm

Museum number: P66

On display: Picture Room
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Curatorial note

The Riva degli Schiavoni looking West. The painting has been dated c.1734-35 and is known to have been completed before February 1736.

Provenance help-art-provenance

This picture has been identified (Binion, 1990) as the painting described as 'from S. Biagio as far as the Salute' which was purchased from Canaletto by Marshal Johann Matthias Schulenburg (1661- 1747) in February 1736 for 100 zecchini; it was offered for sale in 1775 by the Schulenberg family at Christie's (Lot 60) but bought in at 199 guineas; purchased at an unknown date by Charles-Alexandre Calonne; it is probably the painting of 'The Grand Canal' sold for 165 guineas at Skinner's auction rooms in the Calonne sale in 1795; then in the collection of William Beckford (1759-1844) of Fonthill whose collection was purchased with wealth generated by the enslaved people working in his vast Caribbean sugar plantations; purchased by John Soane at the Fonthill Splendens sale in 1807, Phillip's, Lot 605 for 150 guineas.


Britton, Union, 1827, p. 40 and 56
Soane, Description, 1830, p.14 and 37
Soane, Description, 1835, p.17 and 23
Constable. W. G., and Links. J. G., Canaletto, 1976, pp. 246
Alice Binion, La Galleria Scomparsa Del Maresciallo Von Der Schulenburg: Un Mecenate Nella Venezia Del Settecento, Milan, 1990
Thornton, P. and Dorey, H. A Miscellany of Objects from Sir John Soane's Museum, 1992, pp. 84 and 125, Fig. 83
Links, J.G. The Soane Canalettos, 1998, pp. 24-32 and passim
New Description, 2007, pp. 62-63 and 98
Links, J.G., The Soane Canalettos, 2nd revised edition 2010, pp.24-33 and passim
Beddington, C., Canaletto and his Rivals, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery, London, 2010

Exhibition history

The Glory of Venice: Art in the Eighteenth Century, Royal Academy of Arts, London, September - December 1994
Venice: Canaletto and his Rivals, The National Gallery, London, 13 October 2010 - 16 January 2011

Associated items

O2761, provenance

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