After Joseph Mallord William Turner St Mark’s Place, Venice: Juliet and her Nurse, engraved by George Hollis 1842

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St Mark’s Place, Venice: Juliet and her Nurse, engraved by George Hollis
Date 1842
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 423 x 564 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1988
Reference
T05188
On display at Tate Britain

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This large plate reproduces one of the most important and influential canvases of Turner's later career. Exhibited at the Royal Academy early in 1836, 'Juliet and her Nurse' became the subject of a vicious attack by the Reverend John Eagles in an article published in 'Blackwood's Magazine' later in the year. Eagles wrote that the picture was 'a strange jumble', but one of his chief complaints was that Turner should have chosen to set this scene from 'Romeo and Juliet' in Venice rather than Verona. No doubt Turner's decision to place Shakespeare's famous heroine in Venice was influenced by the romantic atmosphere of the city; in the foreground she is seen musing on her new-found love.

August 2004

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