Joseph Mallord William Turner

A View on the Canale della Giudecca, Venice; a Bridge and Campanile

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 126 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31293
Turner Bequest CCCX 9

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally both ways, the main view is of a Venice waterfront beyond moored boats, which Ian Warrell has noted as the last of a short sequence of Canale della Giudecca sketches (folios 6 verso–9 recto; D31288–D31293).1 The rather cursory treatment of the distant dome, campanile and other selected details makes the precise subject uncertain. Above is a thumbnail sketch of a small bridge with a tower beyond, likely made in the vicinity of the first view.
As noted in the sketchbook’s Introduction, the Venice views on its early pages are intermingled with German sketches from Turner’s return journey.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Warrell 2003, pp.179, 264 note 4.

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