Throughout his life, Turner was quick to seize the possibilities of reproductive print publishing to gain the widest possible audience for his work. Generally the prints after his designs were based on specially prepared watercolours. But by the 1830s he began to collaborate on large scale prints after some of his paintings.
It was also during the 1830s that Venice became a popular subject. The painting of this Venetian scene was first exhibited in 1835. The printed version was available just over two years later, a remarkable feat for such intensive creative work.