Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats on the Grand Canal, Venice, with the Rialto Bridge in the Distance

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
D14467
Turner Bequest CLXXV 79 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the view is north-east along the Grand Canal from an indeterminate viewpoint; Turner’s focus is on the boats and figures in the foreground, possibly moored on the north side of the canal. The Rialto Bridge is in the distance on the left, with the prominent chimneys of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi beyond, and the campanile of San Bartolomeo to the right, very loosely placed with its onion dome shown in two or even three positions.
For other drawings made in the vicinity and an overview of Turner’s coverage of Venice, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

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