View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- Watercolour on paper
- Support: 198 x 280 mm
- Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXIV 106
The large group of watercolours which resulted from Turner's last visit to Venice in 1840 is characterised by a delicious liquidity which unifies air and water in layered, coloured mists. He stayed near the mouth of the Grand Canal at the Hotel Europe, from where he made sketches over the rooftops after dark. Alternatively, from a gongola off the great Piazzetta, he was able to see the sun set down the wide canal of the Giudecca.
Gallery label, August 2004