The Thames from the Terrace of Somerset House looking towards Westminster
The Italian painter captures a bustling scene of boats and ships navigating the river, while the architecture of the city looms in the background.
Joli was active during the 18th century in the field of view paintings.
Perspective and composition create a sense of both distance and depth. His use of light and colour is subtle yet effective. The warm golden tones of the sky and water illicit beauty and tranquillity against darker hues of the boats and buildings giving contrast and depth.
Born in Modena, he began as an apprentice to Rafaello Rinaldi before studying in Rome.
Moving to Venice in 1732, he worked as a stage painter for opera productions.
In 1761, he moved to the Bourbon Court of Naples, where he died in 1777.
Oil on canvas