Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Canal in Venice; a Spire among Trees, Probably near Coburg; the Ketschentor, Coburg


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 198 × 126 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCX 2

Catalogue entry

Turner first used this page horizontally for an outline view of buildings receding towards the right along a Venice canal. The corner of the façade in the right foreground is relatively detailed, but identification is hampered by that half’s being drawn over in more vigorous style with two smaller views. As noted in the sketchbook’s Introduction, the Venice views on its early pages are intermingled with German sketches from Turner’s return journey.
The upper of the subsequent studies here shows a spire or monument among trees, and the lower, annotated ‘Ent to Cobg’, centres on the domed Ketschentor gate-tower1 on the north side of Coburg’s town centre, apparently from its northern approach along Steinweg rather than from the Spitalgasse side. Turner stayed at the nearby Weisser Schwan hotel on Spitalgasse itself; see the entry for folio 1 verso opposite (D31278).
See Powell 1995, p.242.
Technical notes:
The leaf was detached at some point and has been secured at the gutter with Japanese-type conservation paper.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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