Giovanni Antonio Canal, called Canaletto (1697-1768 )
'An Imaginary Composition: A Village Street, Spanned by a Ruined Arch, Leading past a Church'
Pen and ink and wash
Museum no. CAI 423
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
The pair of Canaletto drawings are among the finest works in Ionides' collection. When he bought them, however, they were described as 'anonymous: Venetian'. Only later did scholars at the V&A realise they were by Canaletto.