View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- Graphite and watercolour on paper
- Support: 245 x 304 mm
- Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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Turner produced the majority of his watercolour sketches of Venice on his third trip to the city in 1840. This almost monochrome study reveals the complete assurance of Turner's watercolour technique. Here he allows the unpainted white of the paper to suggest the brilliance of reflected light, a process that meant anticipating the effect he hoped to achieve before he put paint to paper.
Gallery label, August 2004