Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats Moored off the Molo, Venice, at the Entrance to the Piazzetta, with the Zecca (Mint) Libreria Sansoviniana, Campanile and Basilica of San Marco (St Mark’s), and Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace)

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
D32424
Turner Bequest CCCXX 82 a

Catalogue entry

Along with folio 77 verso (D32414), folios 79 verso–82 verso (D32418–D32424) show various aspects of the Piazzetta, all made with the pages turned horizontally. Here Turner has made the transition to the waters of the Bacino, beginning a brief sequence between here and folio 87 recto (D32433).
Although Finberg limited his description to ‘Vessels’,1 this slight, schematic view shows the readily recognisable prospect north from the Bacino to the Molo waterfront and the twin columns at the entrance to the Piazzetta, flanked by the Zecca (Mint) and Libreria Sansoviniana on the left, with rough indications of the Campanile of San Marco (St Mark’s) beyond; towards the right, with a cursory indication of the domed Basilica beyond, is the south-western corner of the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace).
Folio 83 recto opposite (D32425) may show a continuation to the right, along the Riva degli Schiavoni.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1032, and 1930, p.170.

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