Canaletto’s New Horse Guards set for €3 million Vienna sale


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Canaletto’s New Horse Guards set for €3 million Vienna sale

Canaletto’s New Horse Guards set for €3 million Vienna sale

3 Aug 2012, 14:02 GMT+01

Dorotheum, one of Europe’s largest auction houses, has announced the forthcoming sale of the important Canaletto painting ‘New Horse Guards from St James’s Park’.

Canaletto moved to England in 1746, following his success with English patrons who purchased many of his works whilst visiting Venice on their Grand Tour. He spent nine years in England, completing approximately 40 works – many of which were commissioned by members of the aristocracy and remain in their private collections to this day.

Other works reside in the National Gallery and the National Maritime Museum, along with those in the Royal Collection of Queen Elizabeth II.

The painting set to appear at auction with Dorotheum features the famous London landmark Horseguards, the Grade-I listed building which plays host to the annual Trooping of the Colour ceremony and acts as the formal entrance to St. James's Palace via St. James's Park.

Canaletto’s painting depicts the construction of the building, built between 1751 and 1753 after the original structure was demolished in 1749. It shows the Left Wing of the building yet to be built, with scaffolding surrounding the clock tower, dating it between November 1752 and November 1753.

The oil-on-panel work shares similar characteristics to Canaletto’s works ‘The Old Horse Guards from St James’s Park, 1749’ and the drawing ‘The Old Horse Guards from St James’s Park’ which currently resides in the collection of The British Museum.

The work is regarded as important as it captures a moment in the life of one of London’s most famous and historic buildings – a location which is currently playing host to the beach volleyball competition at the 2012 London Olympics.

The painting heads to the sale, which takes place in Vienna on Wednesday October 17, with a pre-sale estimate of €2-3 million.


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