Joseph Mallord William Turner

Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore at Sunset, from the Hotel Europa

1840

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Watercolour, bodycolour and graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 193 x 281 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32165
Turner Bequest CCCXVI 28

Display caption

Turner made a sequence of studies of Palladio's church of S. Giorgio Maggiore on his 1840 trip to Venice. The 'Autobiography' of the watercolourist William Callow (1812-1908) contains an interesting glimpse of Turner at work during this visit: 'The next time I saw Turner was at Venice, at Hotel Europa, where we sat opposite at meals and entered into conversation. One evening whilst I was enjoying a cigar in a gondola I saw Turner sketching San Giorgio, brilliantly lit up by the settting sun.' It is likely that a number of the studies made by Turner on this trip, including perhaps some of San Giorgio, were coloured in front of the motif.

Gallery label, August 2004