Joseph Mallord William Turner

?A Venice Waterfront, with Moored Boats

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
D32303
Turner Bequest CCCXX 22

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. It falls within the long sequence of sketches, mostly characterised as ‘Mountains’ by Finberg between folios 7 recto and 76 recto (D32275–D32411);1 see the sketchbook’s Introduction for the likely overall route between Bregenz and Venice.2 Presumably because the main sequence of Venetian views does not begin until folio 76 verso (D32412), Finberg called this a ‘River scene, with boats’,3 but it probably shows boats moored off a Venice waterfront, perhaps along the Canale della Giudecca. There are hints of a distant spire towards the left and a dome at the right.
This page would not be entirely isolated as a Venice view using up spare pages; folio 17 verso (D32296) shows a detailed views of the church of Santa Maria della Salute and its surroundings on the Grand Canal.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Finberg 1909, II, pp.1030–2.
2
See also Cecilia Powell, Turner in Germany, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1995, pp.65, 81 note 9.
3
Finberg 1909, II, p.1030.

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