Joseph Mallord William Turner
Scene in Venice c.1840–5

Artwork details

Scene in Venice
Date c.1840–5
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 622 x 927 mm
frame: 900 x 1210 x 75 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Not on display

Catalogue entry

503. [N05488] Scene in Venice c. 1840–45


Canvas, 24 1/2 × 36 1/2 (62 × 92·5)

Coll. Turner Bequest 1856 (144, one of 2 each 3'0 1/2" × 2'0 1/2"" with No. 502 [N05487]; identified by chalk number on back); transferred to the Tate Gallery 1947.

Exh. R.A. 1974–5 (537); Leningrad and Moscow 1975–6 (69); Venice 1983–4 (12, repr. in colour).

Lit. Davies 1946, pp. 159, 188; Butlin 1981, p. 45.

Repr. Connoisseur clxxxvii 1974, p. 192 in colour, before and after cleaning and with detail.

See No. 502 [N05487]. The scene appears to be a view on the Grand Canal but it has not been possible to identify the view precisely.

There are irregular paint losses down the left-hand edge, now restored. Impressed rectilinear lines of dirt, also now removed or concealed by restoration, show that other pictures were leant against this one while the paint was still wet.

Published in:
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984

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