Joseph Mallord William Turner

Canalside or Waterfront Buildings, Venice

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: 123 × 173 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31909
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 60 a

Catalogue entry

Made with the page turned horizontally, this urgently rendered waterfront or canal sketch is too slight for ready identification. It is possible that the parallel strokes to the right of the centre indicate the campanile of San Marco (St Mark’s), as seen on folio 61 verso (D31911). The latter is in the same rough mode, as are most of those filling the remainder of the book up to folio 69 recto (D31926), sometimes with identifiable landmarks but often rushed to the point of incoherence, perhaps either on account of stormy weather (see under the recto; D31908) or failing light.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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