Canaletto’s painting, Westminster Bridge, London with the Lord Mayor’s Procession on the Thames, is an oil-on-canvas masterpiece measuring 95.9 cm in height and 127.6 cm in width. The artwork showcases Canaletto’s expertise in veduta or view-painting to depict a stunning view of Westminster Bridge during the annual Lord Mayor’s Procession in 1747.
The painting vividly captures the bustling scene of river traffic as boats and barges sail beneath the iconic bridge, while spectators watch from nearby buildings and streets. The use of color is exceptional – from the bright blue sky that reflects on the Thames River’s clear waters to the detailed architecture of nearby landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral.
Canaletto was a master at capturing such lively scenes; hence it comes as no surprise that he received many commissions to paint similar works throughout his career. In this particular piece, his extreme attention to detail combined with his trademarked luminescent colors creates a painting that immerses viewers into London life at its finest.