After Joseph Mallord William Turner
The Approach to Venice, engraved by Robert Wallis 1859

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The Approach to Venice, engraved by Robert Wallis
Date 1859
Medium Line engraving on paper
Dimensions Image: 397 x 595 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1988
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This engraving was published as a single plate in 1859. The original oil painting of the same title was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1844 together with quotations from Rogers's 'Italy' and Byron's 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage'. The two lines from Byron are linked with Turner's often repeated imagery of moonrise. One of his uses of this symbol of approaching night is to make allusions to decline and decay. Byron viewed Venice as a place fallen from greatness but possessed of great beauty, and if Turner shared this opinion, it is possible that in 'Approach to Venice' he used the moon to symbolise this perception of the city.

September 2004

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