Joseph Mallord William Turner

Venice: Santa Maria della Salute with the Traghetto San Maurizio

1840

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

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 245 x 304 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32138
Turner Bequest CCCXVI 1

Display caption

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