Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Gondola off the Riva degli Schiavoni, Venice, with the Ponte della Pietà and the Church of the Pietà

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 89 × 149 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32429
Turner Bequest CCCXX 85

Catalogue entry

Folios 82 verso–87 recto (D32424–D32433), all drawn with the pages turned horizontally, form a brief sequence of views around the Bacino. Although Finberg limited his description to the ‘Shipping’1 in the foreground, including a gondola, the waterfront setting is readily recognisable. To the north towards the left is the then unfinished classical façade of the church of the Pietà, above the bridge of the same name on the Riva degli Schiavoni.
The viewpoint is similar to that used for the view south over the Bacino to San Giorgio Maggiore on folio 84 verso opposite (D32428).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1033, and 1930, p.170.

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