frame: 950 x 952 x 60 mm
This is an unfinished work in the
square format which Turner used
in the 1840s, mainly for pairs of pictures on contrasting themes. The subject, involving a procession of figures, is not
yet clear, and it is impossible to be certain that the painting shows Venice. The sky
is worked with a palette knife and with curved sweeps of the brush, building up the vertical swirls that are pronounced in some of Turner's late exhibited pictures.