When Canaletto, the painter who enamored British tourists with his paintings of Venice, came to London those familiar with his work were excited to see his portrayals of their beloved city. Strangely enough, critics found Canaletto's depictions of London lackluster in comparison with his former works. Oh well, I still this they're great, Signore Canal! I enjoy the sights of London; even those that don't exist any more. One of the wonderful things about Canaletto and his fellow city-scape painters is that we are transformed to the bustling city, even the parts we, in the 21st century, never got to know. Here are some of the sights we do know, and how they look now.
|The Thames and the City, 1747|
|Westminster Abbey with a procession of Knights of the Bath, by Canaletto, 1749|
|Westminster Bridge, 1746|