Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats on the Grand Canal, Venice, with the Rialto Bridge and the Campanile of San Bartolomeo


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 112 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXV 39

Catalogue entry

Finberg subsequently annotated his 1909 Inventory entry (‘Vessels, with Ponte di Rialto in distance’): ‘First glimpse of Rialto’.1 This slight view is to the east; a much more detailed drawing along this stretch is on folio 48 verso (D14406).
For other drawings made in the vicinity and an overview of Turner’s coverage of Venice, see the sketchbook’s Introduction. The drawings on folios 37 verso–39 verso (D14384–D14388) are all of a similarly slight character, with more attention paid to the small craft than their settings. For other studies of boats in this sketchbook, see under the recto (D14383).
Undated MS note by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, opposite p.513.
Technical notes:
There is a dark, isolated mark towards the top left.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

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