The Thames and the City of London from Richmond House by Antonio Canal (called Canaletto), 1747.
No finer prospect of this Great City has been painted than that by Signor Canaletti. This fine painter shunned the fashions for the fanciful and superficial, so common among his countrymen, adopting the modest tastes and fashions of English art. What better view to paint than of that fine ornament, a true jewel in the crown of this polite, sensible and commercial nation - St. Paul’s. ‘Tis said that this magnificent Ornament is rivalled only by St. Peter’s in Rome, but any visitor to that den of Popery will find it wanting in the Grace and Refinement so displayed in our Capital. An Italian Gentleman of Fashion once took to the Dome of St. Paul’s to gain a better prospect of the City. Outside, in the yard below, a group of soldiers had been posted. The Italian Gentleman, being impressed by the grandeur and workmanship exhibited in the building and similarity with St. Peter’s, looked down to see the soldiers and exclaimed ‘By God! Cardinals?’ and did run off, expecting to go to mass.