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  • “Warwick Castle” is one of a pair of imaginary ‘before” and “after” pictures commissioned by the wealthy young aristocrat Francis Greville, Lord Brooke (the other picture is in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid). The exercise of creating these two paintings drew on the talents of imaginative projection that Canaletto had honed in his “capricci”, or fantastical representations of ruined buildings and crumbling tombs. When Lord Brooke returned from his Grand Tour, he decided that Warwick Castle, his ancestoral home, needed to be brought up to the standards of the fashion of the eighteenth century. His first two interventions, the gleaming white Gothic-style windows on the second story of the castle and the new Gothic porch on the left side of the building, are clearly indicated in the Center’s painting. Next to the porch we see a listing lean-to shed with tools stacked against it, an indication of the building site that Warwick would soon become. Workers toil on the beginning stages of the massive landscaping of the castle park that Brooke had commissioned from Lancelot “Capability” Brown, the renowned landscape designer. In the Thyssen-Bornemisza picture this area is shown planted with picturesque groupings of trees, as the artist imagined it would appear after the implementation of Brown’s design. The two pictures also diverge in the depiction of Castle Meadow, the area in the foreground crisscrossed by the river Avon. In the Center’s picture, elegant couples, gentlemen fishing, and a nursemaid with an infant enjoy the meadow at their leisure. The mill along the river and the young boys scrambling over a fence in the right corner of the painting are reminders of the intense relationship between the town of Warwick and the castle. In the Thyssen-Bornemisza picture the mill is gone, replaced by a private pleasure barge, and the number of figures on the lawn is truncated. The park of Warwick Castle would be a private retreat rather than a public promenade after Brooke’s remodeling. Canaletto’s appealing paintings were instrumental in this process of renovation and reimagination, and Brooke commissioned a total of five paintings of Warwick Castle from the artist.
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  • Bibliograpic reference :: View of Warwick Castle (Art Reproduction), Connoisseur, v. 167, April 1968, p. 232, N1 C75 + (YCBA)
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  • Dimension height :: 72.4cm
  • Dimension width :: 119.9cm
  • Exhibition :: 2016 Installation YCBA - 401
  • Exhibition :: An American's Passion for British Art - Paul Mellon's Legacy
  • Exhibition :: Canaletto in England - A Venetian Artist Abroad, 1746-1755
  • Exhibition :: Tate Centenary Development
  • Exhibition :: This Other Eden : British Paintings from the Paul Mellon Collection at Yale
  • Exhibition :: Yale University Art Gallery 2015-2016
  • Located in :: 401
  • Located in :: Bay09
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: On view
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: painting
  • Subject Concept :: Tudor
  • Subject Concept :: architectural subject
  • Subject Concept :: bridges (built works)
  • Subject Concept :: castle
  • Subject Concept :: child
  • Subject Concept :: couples
  • Subject Concept :: dogs (animals)
  • Subject Concept :: fishing
  • Subject Concept :: garden
  • Subject Concept :: genre subject
  • Subject Concept :: houses
  • Subject Concept :: laborers
  • Subject Concept :: landscape
  • Subject Concept :: leisure
  • Subject Concept :: mill
  • Subject Concept :: mother
  • Subject Concept :: park (grounds)
  • Subject Concept :: people
  • Subject Concept :: restoration
  • Subject Concept :: river
  • Subject Concept :: water mill
  • Subject Place :: Avon
  • Subject Place :: England
  • Subject Place :: United Kingdom
  • Subject Place :: Warwick
  • Subject Place :: Warwickshire
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