Chelsea from the Thames at Battersea Reach, London
Oil on canvas
The Lothian Collection (National Trust), Blickling Hall, England
The River Thames dominates “Chelsea from the Thames at Battersea Reach, London.” From the swath of land in the foreground two boats are being pushed into the river whilst in the background is the view of Chelsea buildings. Canaletto’s approach to English landscape helped his reputation grow in Northern Europe with the River Thames a frequent subject. It shows Canaletto’s characteristic command of perspective, attention to detail and realism.
Born: 28 October 1697, Venice, Italy
Died: 19 April 1768, Venice, Italy
Canaletto was a painter from the Republic of Venice and is considered an important member of the Venetian School of the 18th century. He was a painter of veduta of Venice, Rome, and London as well as imaginary (capricci) views. He was highly successful in England due to the patronage of Joseph “Consul” Smith, a British merchant and connoisseur
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I have relatives living in battersea. Its a nice place. X
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