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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
24th February 1992 Comedian Benny Hill suffers his first heart attack, two months before his death.
24th February 1981 Prince Charles and Princess Diana get engaged.
24th February 1948 Minder and New Tricks actor Dennis Waterman was born in Clapham, London.
24th February 1939 Born today: George Bain, principal (London Business School)
24th February 1906 Kingsway Tramway opened from Angel, Islington to Aldwych.
24th February 1711 Handel's opera Rinaldo premieres at the Queen's Theatre.
A View From Beak Street
Canaletto Painted London Whilst Residing In Soho
Location: Beak Street, W1R
Description: There have been many great painters associated with London but none more so than Giovanni Antonio Canal (or Canaletto).
This Venetian-born artist painted some of the finest views of London, all the while residing on Beak Street in Soho between 1746 and 1755.
Giovanni Antonio Canale was born in October 1697 and baptized in the church of San Lio. He later became known as Canaletto, probably to distinguish him from his father Bernardo Canale, who was also an artist. He died of a fever aged 71, on April 10, 1768. He was buried in the church of San Lio, where he had been baptized.