|The River Thames with St. Paul's Cathedral on Lord Mayor's Day (1746)|
oil on canvas, 26.8 x 37.6 cm
The Lobkowicz Collections, Prague Castle, Czech Republic
1,000 boats are going to make their way down the Thames on Sunday 3rd June - mustering between Hammersmith and Battersea and dispersing from Tower Bridge to West India Docks.
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant has its very own website. The BBC is also going to be out filming people painting from a bridge - although my own feeling is that the only way to capture the view - as Canaletto did - is to get up much higher than a bridge. I've got a couple of spots in mind!
There are a couple of famous Canaletto paintings of pageants on the Thames. The one featured above is currently being portrayed as a mural on a temporary wall at the entrance to London Bridge station.
The painting is currently on loan to the The National Maritime Museum (one of the Royal Museums at Greenwich) for Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames the exhibition to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
If you want to find out more about Canaletto and his verdute or "view paintings" try my resource About Canaletto - Italian Painter
A veduta (Italian for "view"; plural vedute) is a highly detailed, usually large-scale painting or, actually more often print, of a cityscape or some other vista.