Canaletto and the Art of Venice

Friday 29th September 2017

A beautiful exhibition opens this summer at The Queen’s Gallery, London, exploring the irresistible allure of one of Italy’s beautiful cities as immortalised by Canaletto and his contemporaries

Since the British Consul to Venice and Canaletto's most important patron and dealer, Joseph Smith, sold his extensive collection to George III in 1762, the Royal Collection has possessed the world's greatest collection of Canaletto's canvases. These are presented in this ravishing exhibition alongside a spectacular selection of other eighteenth-century Venetian works, including  paintings and drawings by figures such as Francesco Zuccarelli, Rosalba Carriera, Pietro Longhi and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta.

Refreshments (included) and will be served in Keepers' House at the Royal Academy after which we have a private introductory lecture. Following a light lunch in Keepers' House, for those who would like to join the group, we stroll across Green Park to the Queen's Gallery where we have timed entry tickets to the exhibition in the early afternoon. Audioguide hire is also included and lecturers will be available for further discussion and questions in the gallery. The day will finish at about 4.00/4.30.



Please meet at 10.00 in the Keeper's House of the Royal Academy where refreshments will be served until 10.45.  Keeper's House will open at 10.00am - click here for a map

We will then walk across the courtyard to The Linnean Society. Please sign in on arrival. Our lecture will take place in the ground floor Meeting Room (opposite the main entrance as you come in) at 11.00 and will finish at about 12.15.

After lunch (optional) we have timed entry tickets in the early afternoon. Lecturing is not permitted in the exhibition but an audio tour is included and I shall of course be on hand to answer questions. The day will finish at about 4.00. The fee will be £47.50 per person and includes coffee/tea and biscuits on arrival, an introductory lecture, timed entry tickets and audioguide hire.


Please let us know if you would like to join us for lunch - we have hired a private room in Keepers' House next to the Linnean Society. There is a set menu at £20 (drinks are not included), and payment can be made on the day.

Please let us know on the booking form if you have any food intolerances, allergies or dietary requirements so that these can be sent to the chef in advance.

Further Study Day Information

Location and Directions

Click here for a map of Keeper's House

The Linnean Society can be found in the same courtyard of Burlington House.

The Linnean Society
Burlington House
London W1J 0BF
Tel : 020 7434 4479

To view a map of the venue location click here

Travel Information:
Burlington House is situated on Piccadilly, approximately half-way between Green Park and Piccadilly underground stations. Bus services 9, 14, 19, 22 and 38 pass the entrance.

If you would like to join us please fill in the online booking form. If you would prefer to send a booking form by post please download a copy here.

Once your booking has been accepted, we will notify you by email. Please just bring the study day details and email confirmation with you on the day. We regret we are unable to offer refunds on unused tickets, but tickets may be transferred to someone else for the event you have booked. Please give us 48 hours notice if you wish to do so.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event.

After your visit to the Queen's Gallery exhibition your ticket can be converted into a 1-Year Pass, giving 12 months' complimentary admission to the gallery. If you already have one of these passes, the study day price will be reduced by £10 but please inform us when filling in your booking form. We will refund this money on the day to you by Paypal if you pay online, or if you are paying by cheque please simply deduct £10.00 per person from the total.

We are unable to offer any reductions if we are not informed at the booking stage. Thank you. Please do bring your ticket with you on the day.

We regret that other reductions are not available for this study day,.


  • Private introductory lecture
  • Refreshments included
  • Timed entry tickets and audioguide hire
  • Light lunch arranged (optional)



Booking is now closed.

If you have any questions regarding the study day or booking please send us an email or
call on +44 (0)1932 267322

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