Canaletto Painting Venice: The Woburn Series by Charles Beddington
The twenty-four views of Venice by Canaletto at Woburn are his largest and most important series of paintings. This book accompanies our exhibition of the paintings.
In Venice, on the Grand Tour in 1731, the future fourth Duke of Bedford met with the great art agent, Consul Joseph Smith. The commission he placed resulted in 24 of the greatest and most typical works of Canaletto.
This unparalleled set of paintings was first installed in Bedford House London, and was moved in 1800 to the splendour of the Dining Room at Woburn, where it has remained ever since. Fully illustrated with many details, this publication marks the first time these paintings have been reproduced in colour.
An extensive introduction, by the leading Canaletto scholar Charles Beddington, puts these works into perspective, and there are full topographical and art historical descriptions of each picture.
- 192 pages
Charles Beddington was the curator of Canaletto in England: a Venetian Artist Abroad 1746-1755 at the Yale Center for British Art and the Dulwich Picture Gallery, and of Venice: Canaletto and his Rivals at the National Gallery, London, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. He was also head of the Old Master Picture Department at Christie's, London and has been trading in fine art for nearly 40 years.
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Our newest major exhibition, Canaletto’s Venice Revisited, is now open at the National Maritime Museum. Explore the complete set of 24 Venetian views painted by Canaletto in the 1730s from the Woburn Abbey Collection, alongside displays that investigate how the tourism that helped establish Canaletto’s career is now threatening the city’s future. The exhibition runs until 25 September 2022.
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