Joseph Mallord William Turner

Gondolas, ?on the Grand Canal, Venice, with the Palazzo Balbi

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
D14385
Turner Bequest CLXXV 38

Catalogue entry

Finberg subsequently annotated his 1909 Inventory entry (‘Gondolas passing the Barbarigo (?) Palace, Venice’), crossing out ‘Barbarigo (?)’ and adding ‘Balbi’ above.1 The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated another copy: ‘“Pal Barb”’.2 This may be a very slight, passing impression of the Palazzo Balbi, with its twin obelisk finials; compare folio 70 verso (D14450), where it is shown in detail.
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

1
Undated MS note by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.513.
2
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.513.

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