Joseph Mallord William Turner Venice: Shipping in the Bacino, with the Entrance to the Grand Canal 1840

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Venice: Shipping in the Bacino, with the Entrance to the Grand Canal
Date 1840
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
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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.

August 2004

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