Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats on the Grand Canal, Venice, Possibly Looking towards the Rialto with the Palazzi Papadopoli and Grimani and the Fondaco dei Tedeschi Beyond

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14477
Turner Bequest CLXXV 84 a

Catalogue entry

This study focuses on the boats and boatmen in the foreground, but the lightly indicated buildings beyond, with obelisk finials on the left, an array of chimneys in the distance, and a grand classical façade on the right, might be respectively the Palazzo Papadopoli, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi and the Palazzo Bembo, making this a view north-east along the Grand Canal towards the Rialto. Compare the much more detailed view on folios 73 recto and 74 recto (D14455–D14456). Inverted at the top right is the south-eastern dome of the church of San Simeone Piccolo, continued from the view on folio 85 recto opposite (D14478).
For more studies of boats in this sketchbook, see under folio 37 recto (D14383), and for other drawings made on the Grand Canal and an overview of Turner’s coverage of Venice, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

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