Joseph Mallord William Turner

Gondolas on the Grand Canal, Venice, Possibly beside the Albergo Leon Bianco (Palazzo Cavalli)

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
D14386
Turner Bequest CLXXV 38 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, this rapid sketch focuses on gondolas, probably on the Grand Canal. It is possible that the loosely indicated structure on the left is the north-east corner of the Palazzo Cavalli (or Corner Martinengo Ravà), then the Albergo Leon Bianco, where Turner apparently stayed during his visit, on the south side of the canal west of the Rialto Bridge. This is by comparison with the clearer drawing on folio 49 recto (D14407)
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).

Matthew Imms
March 2017

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