Catalogue entry

502. [N05487] Venice with the Salute c. 1840–5?


Canvas, 24 5/8 × 36 1/2 (62 × 92·5)

Coll. Turner Bequest 1856 (145, one of 2 each 3'0 1/4" × 2'0 1/2"" with No. 503; identified 1946 by chalk number on back); transferred to the Tate Gallery 1947.

Exh. R.A. 1974–5 (536); Leningrad and Moscow 1975–6 (68); Paris 1983–4 (68, repr.).

Lit. Davies 1946, pp. 159, 188; Butlin 1981, p. 45.

Turner exhibited no fewer than eighteen small Venetian scenes of this size at the R.A. between 1840 and 1846. Nos. 502 [N05487] and 503 [N05488], both from the Turner Bequest and only revealed by cleaning in the 1970s, are presumably lay-ins for further works for exhibition. No. 502 [N05487] seems to show S. Maria della Salute seen along the Grand Canal from near the present Academia bridge; another view of the Salute, from the opposite direction, was one of the 1844 exhibits (No. 411 [N00539]). The form of the Thomas Brown stamp on the back of the canvases of Nos. 502 [N05487] and 503 [N05488] confirms a dating in the 1840s (see Butlin, loc. cit.).

There are losses, now restored, about 1 in. wide down the left-hand side and about 1/4 in. along parts of the bottom edge.

Published in:
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984