506. [N04660] Festive Lagoon Scene, Venice? c. 1845
THE TATE GALLERY, LONDON (4660)
Canvas, 35 3/4 × 47 3/4 (91 × 121)
Coll. Turner Bequest 1856; transferred to the Tate Gallery 1938.
Exh. New York 1966 (32, repr. in colour p. 35); Wildenstein's 1972 (57, repr.); R.A. 1974–5 (538).
Lit. Herrmann 1975, p. 47, colour pl. 147.
Similar to No. 505 [N02068]. This example is typical of a number of Turner's later works in the way in which the spectator is drawn into the picture between serried rows of staring faces, running the gauntlet, as it were, of the frenzied inhabitants of Turner's imaginative world. It was formerly called ‘After the Ball(?)’.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984