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Print - A View of the Canal in St. James's Park,  Buckingham House &c.
  • A View of the Canal in St. James's Park, Buckingham House &c.
    Stevens
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A View of the Canal in St. James's Park, Buckingham House &c.

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    12/05/1794 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stevens (engraver)
    Canaletto, Giovanni Antonio, born 1697 - died 1768 (artist)
    Laurie & Whittle (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and engraving on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Hugh Phillips

  • Museum number:

    E.599-1976

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 52, The George Levy Gallery, case WS

Object Type
This object is a print. It was published in 1794, but is a reprint of an original published in 1751.The techniques of etching and engraving were used to create the print. The printmaker created etched lines by the action of acid on the metal printing plate, but also cut (engraved) lines into the plate with a sharp-pointed tool called a burin.

Subjects Depicted
The print shows St James's Park, with 'The Parade' in the foreground. Although not an official pleasure garden, St James's Park was used by fashionable Londoners in the 18th century as an open-air social venue, a place to be seen in society. The well-dressed figures in the foreground can be seen promenading and chatting to their social acquaintances while their children play and feed the ducks at the water's edge.

The long, rectangular stretch of water that can be seen was known as the Canal. In 1826 this was replaced by the meandering lake that is in St James's Park today.

People
This print is based on a design by the artist Canaletto. Born in 1697 in Venice, Canaletto was the foremost topographical painter of the 18th century. Canaletto came to England in 1746, and painted and drew views of London and of various country houses during his stay.

Physical description

Print depicting St. James's park, with a view of Buckingham House and the canal. In the foreground figures are seen promenading through the park. The canal is at the centre and recedes into the distance. At the end of the canal, to the right, is Buckingham House. On either side of the scene are avenues of trees.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

12/05/1794 (published)

Artist/maker

Stevens (engraver)
Canaletto, Giovanni Antonio, born 1697 - died 1768 (artist)
Laurie & Whittle (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'A View of the Canal in St. James's Park, Buckingham House &c. taken from the Parade.'
Lettered with title

'Canaletti Delin. Publish'd according to Act of Parliament. Stevens Sculp. Published 12th. May, 1794, by Laurie & Whittle, 53, Fleet Street, London.'
Lettered

Dimensions

Height: 31 cm sheet, Width: 45 cm sheet

Descriptive line

A View of the Canal in St. James's Park, Buckingham House &c. Etching and engraving by Stevens after Canaletto, 1794.

Labels and date

British Galleries:
Canaletto's view shows fashionable society using the park of St. James's Palace as unofficial pleasure grounds. Buckingham House (now Buckingham Palace), visible in the distance, was acquired by George III in 1762. Its status as a royal residence may have prompted the re-publication of this print in 1794. [27/03/2003]

Production Note

This is a republished state of a print published in 1751.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Engraving; Etching

Subjects depicted

Landscape; Canal; Park

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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