A View from Somerset Gardens Looking Towards London Bridge

CanalettoCirca 1746-1755

The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art
London, United Kingdom

In 1746 Canaletto travelled to England and over the following decade produced a rich record of mid-Georgian London. In this elaborately finished work, drawn as a collector’s item, the city of London is seen from above the terrace of Old Somerset House, designed by Inigo Jones in the 1630s. Stairs lead to the Thames, thronging with river traffic. In the far distance stands Old London Bridge, while St. Paul’s cathedral towers above a skyline dotted with church spires.


  • Title: A View from Somerset Gardens Looking Towards London Bridge
  • Creator: Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)
  • Creator Lifespan: 1697-1768
  • Date Created: Circa 1746-1755
  • Location: London, England
  • Location Created: London, England
  • Physical Dimensions: 23.4/23.6 x 73.6/73.1 cm. (single sheet)
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: Photo Ⓒ The Courtauld
  • External Link: Explore The Courtauld's collection
  • Medium: Pen, brown ink and grey wash, on laid paper
  • Acquisition Credit: Princes Gate bequest, 1978

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