Keep these art treasures in Britain; LETTER FROM THE PAST.
THE news that apparently four paintings of Warwick Castle by the 18th century Venetian painter Canaletto are being disposed off must come as a great blow to British admirers of this superb artist.
The paintings have never to my knowledge been on view to any visitors paying to see the castle.
They are not even mentioned let alone shown in the illustrated booklet sold by the castle estate office.
The coloured illustrations I have seen of two of the paintings themselves are the next best thing to coloured photographs of the castle and it would be a tragedy if these wonderful works of art were to leave the country. Surely, instead of denying the public the opportunity of looking at these treasures it would have been more generous and more lucrative for the owner if he had shown the pictures to the public and enabled them to purchase art prints of the originals.
Arthur D Hillier, Sheldon Mail, November 7, 1977