Not on display
This rapid sketch of figures in a gondola was drawn close to the gutter with the page turned vertically. Listed in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory, albeit numbered as if it belonged much earlier in this book book’s foliated sequence,1 this minor study is not mentioned among the book’s contents in Finberg’s 1930 volume on Venice,2 and perhaps remained yet to be bound in.
For other studies of boats in this sketchbook, see under folio 37 recto (D14383).
The surviving fragment of the original leaf on which this drawing was made represents perhaps a fifth of its original area. The rest has been made up with similar later paper, probably as part of the general conservation and restoration programme after Turner Bequest works were moved to the British Museum following the 1928 Tate Gallery flood.