Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto (1697-1768)
'An Imaginary Composition: A Ruined Tower and Watermill beside a Stream'
Pen and ink and wash
Museum no. CAI 421
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
Canaletto made many fanciful views of tumbledown buildings, normally set in villages or the countryside, known as vedute ideate. Unlike his capricci, which usually took existing buildings and placed them in new and sometimes absurd settings, with vedute ideate Canaletto generally invented most parts of the composition. Here a ruinous tower and watermill provide a scene of picturesque dilapidation.