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Canaletto's The River Thames with St. Paul's Cathedral on Lord Mayor's Day painted around 1747-48 is a reproduction from life of a bombastic ceremony in central London. The artist, renowned for his cityscapes of his native Venice, was immensely popular in England primarily because young men on the Grand Tour liked to purchase one of his views as a souvenir of their visit to Venice. Commemorating a boat pageant on the Thames for Lord Mayor's Day, Canaletto's vista provided inspiration for the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Pageant which attempted to reproduce the majestic show. The first of these pageants was held in 1215, becoming gradually more elaborate as the years and centuries passed. In 1453 the first Lord Mayor's Day was held on the River Thames, initiating a trend that would continue for some time. Interrupted only by Puritanism, plague, and fire, the show became a way to demonstrate the rising successes of the English nation.
Canaletto, who was considered the finest landscape artist of his day, was able to produce a staggering number of cityscapes and sweeping vistas. Considered by many to be a forerunner of the Impressionist movement in his characteristic reproduction of the effects of light, his most successful works were his views of his native Venice. Finding a huge market for his works with young Englishmen and woman on the Grand Tour in the world's first tourist capital of eighteenth-century Venice, Canaletto was adept at capturing natural light and using local colors to forge his unique style. Due to a decline in tourist numbers the artist relocated to London, capturing views of the various sights and iconic views. It was a shrewd move, as Canaletto managed to maintain his popularity with English collectors, spending much of the years 1746-56 in London.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of The River Thames with St. Paul's Cathedral on Lord Mayor's Day, detail of St. Paul's Cathedral, 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, detail of St. Paul's Cathedral, 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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