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Giovanni Antonio Canal was born in the Italian art Meca, Venice, in 1697. Later he would be known as Canaletto (little canal), taking after his father's name. His initial contact with art was when he worked as an apprentice for his father as a theater scenery painter. Soon, he started learning from the admired painter and architect Giovanni Paolo Pannini. He improved his techniques to the point that he surpassed his master. Soon the artist became one of the most famous and essential Venetian city painters of all time. The artist produced gorgeous pieces around Italian and English cities.
Several of his portrayals of the Italian cities ended up belonging to the Englishmen, as his main agents were the two English, Owen Swiny and the banker Joseph Smith. At this time, tourism was relevant to Venice's economy, and most of the public would travel from England. This is how Canaletto acquired name and fame around England. Swiny even went as far as shaping the artist's method. The dealer encouraged Canaletto to paint small and portable etchings of topographical views of Venice to appeal to the tourists.
In 1740, the violent War of the Austrian Succession drastically diminished the number of Englishmen visiting Venice and thus reducing Canaletto's gains with the touristic pieces. Encouraged by his two agents, in 1746, he finally made his way to England, where he stayed for nearly ten years.
This painting has some common elements with early paintings like The Basin of San Marco on Ascension Day 1732. In this painting, the scenery is set on a river filled with vessels returning home, and the riverbank filled with the most important buildings on the back.
This horizontal painting is divided in the middle by the land. The riverbank crosses the entire picture, showing tiny details of the architecture of its time. On the back, it's possible to see the massive St. Paul's Cathedral, standing out in the middle of the other buildings.
The majesty and size of the river and increased by the perspective, a characteristic often seen in Canaletto's works. The large river is filled with small and large boats filled with people. His soft color palette shows a sunny day with amicable weather.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The River Thames with St. Paul's Cathedral on Lord Mayor's Day, c.1747-48, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of The River Thames with St. Paul's Cathedral on Lord Mayor's Day, c.1747-48 that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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