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Capriccio: A Sluice on a River with a Chapel

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Signed A.C. / 1754, on keystone of arch


1754, probably Thomas, 5th Baron King (b. 1712 - d. 1779), London and Ockham Hall, Surrey (original commission) [see note 1]; by descent to his great-grandson, William King, 1st Earl of Lovelace (b. 1805 - d. 1893), Ockham Hall; by descent to his grandson, Peter Malcolm King, 4th Earl of Lovelace (b. 1905 - d. 1964), Whitwell Hatch, Haslemere; July 13, 1937, Earl of Lovelace sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 130, to Tancred Borenius (b. 1885 - d. 1948) for £1,700. 1938, Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary Windsor, Princess Royal (b. 1897 - d. 1965); by descent to her son, George Henry Hubert Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood (b. 1923), Harewood House, Yorkshire; July 2, 1965, Earl of Harewood sale, Christie's, London, lot 79, to Hallsborough Gallery, London for 14,500 gn.; 1967, sold by Hallsborough to William A. Coolidge (b. 1901 - d. 1992), Topsfield and Cambridge, MA; 1993, bequest of William A. Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 27, 1993) NOTES: [1] This is one in a series of seven capriccios by Canaletto that may have formed part of a decorative scheme. See W. G. Constable, Canaletto: Giovanni Antonio Canal (Oxford, 1989), vol. 2, 378, 446-447, cat. no. 475 and "The Champalimaud Collection" (sale, Christie's, London, July 6, 2005), lot 20.

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Bequest of William A. Coolidge



83.8 x 117.8cm (33 x 46 3/8in.) Framed: 98.4 x 131.4 x 6.4 cm (38 3/4 x 51 3/4 x 2 1/2 in.)

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Oil on canvas