On March 12, 1774, Christie's sold two interior views showing Henry VII Chapel in Westminster Abbey and King's College Chapel. The interiors are very rare in the work of Canaletto and these two paintings probably constituted an original pair according to the same common practice as for the Venetian views by the artist.
Both chapels have a common characteristic. They are the masterpieces of Gothic English architecture with very high arches, which are reinforced at Westminster by a pattern of strikingly carved pendants.
The Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill collection owns since 1774 an oil on canvas of King's College, 75.5 x 67 cm, without an identified reference to the Christie's sale of the same year. On January 28 in New York, the view of Henry VII Chapel 77.5 x 67 cm for sale by Sotheby's is recorded from that ancient Christie's sale. It is estimated $ 5M, lot 59.
Strawberry Hill dates its painting from 1746-1754 and Sotheby's dates the other view from the early 1750s, which is consistent. In both cases, the sparse animation brings an atmosphere of tourism instead of religion. As ever, Canaletto takes an extreme care to the accuracy of the details and to the light. However the excessive lighting of the monument of the Duke of Buckingham in the Westminster picture has no convincing explanation.
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