Joseph Mallord William Turner

Venice: Shipping in the Bacino, with the Entrance to the Grand Canal

1840

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

Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 221 x 321 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32120
Turner Bequest CCCXV 4

Display caption

All but one of the watercolours on this wall were originally part of a sketchbook containing twenty-two views of Venice (the exception is no.70). The book was broken up by Ruskin in 1857 when he made the selection displayed here. Their sequence in Ruskin's catalogue has suggested the probable order in which they were found. However, because Ruskin was not always systemmatic in the way he dismantled Turner's sketchbooks, it is now often very difficult to determine which loose leaves relate to which sketchbook, and in what order they should be placed within a book.

Gallery label, August 2004