Joseph Mallord William Turner Venice: The Grand Canal, from the Palazzo Balbi and the Palazzo Mocenigo to the Rialto Bridge 1840

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Title
Venice: The Grand Canal, from the Palazzo Balbi and the Palazzo Mocenigo to the Rialto Bridge
Date 1840
Medium Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 223 x 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32136
Turner Bequest CCCXV 20
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Lines representing vertical parts of the palazzo at the left lean both to the left and to the right. This may be simply because Turner worked quickly, but the fact that the watercolour brushwork fails to keep to the same direction as the pencil drawing shows that he did not have a consistent approach to depicting the vertical sides of buildings.

September 2004

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