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A do-it-yourself walk with the Godfather

A do-it-yourself walk with the Godfather: Canaletto’s London

Robert Cumming

Next month Tate Britain hosts an exhibition called Turner, Whistler, Monet.. It will run from 10 February until 15 May 2005, and comes here after successful showings in Toronto and Paris. I have seen the catalogue and it promises to be a rich visual feast. The unifying theme is London and the River Thames. All three famously painted the River at different locations and in different moods. The Exhibition explores their mutual interests in London and their respective joint borrowings and influences.

Part 1: Get London moving!

Part 2: A stunning panorama

Part 3: The life and times of Canaletto

Part 4: Canaletto's London

Part 5: The walking tour

Part 6: Finale

Part 7: A legacy to equal the panorama

Reading list

Robert Cumming, ART: A no-nonsense guide to art and artists, pub. Everyman's Library, 26/10/2001 www.amazon.co.uk

Author's Biography

Robert Cumming has worked professionally in the art world for over 25 years, first at the Tate Gallery and latterly at Christie's during the golden age for the auction houses. He joined Christie's to set up and run Christie's Education, which grew into an international success with branches in London, New York and Paris. His interest is art criticism rather than art history. His audience is the public at large, rather than art specialists. He has written numerous books, three of which won literary prizes, and which have cumulatively sold over 1 million copies. His articles are published in ArtReview, The Times, TES, The Independent, International Herald Tribune, Daily Mail, Country Life, Christie's Magazine, National Gallery News. He serves or has served on the boards of a number of public and charitable arts organisations including: The Arts Council, The Council of the Friends of the Tate Gallery, The National Trust, The Contemporary Art Society, The Sir Henry Doulton Sculpture School, The Royal British Society of Sculptors, and the Buckinghamshire County Museum, and the Buckingham Partnership. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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