Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Palaces on the Grand Canal, 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
D31918
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 65

Catalogue entry

This sketch, made with the page turned horizontally, has the sense of the beginning of a relatively detailed scene, unusually abandoned for some reason. The central building could potentially be the Ca’ Rezzonico seen from the south along the Grand Canal, as seen to the right of centre on folio 64 verso opposite (D31917). If it is that building or another substantial Renaissance palace, it may be that Turner realised he had not left himself sufficient space on the right to introduce façades on the opposite side of the canal while suggesting its proportionate width.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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