Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a Panoramic View from the Bacino, Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore, Santa Maria della Salute and the Dogana


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 112 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXV 61

Catalogue entry

The drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation. Folios 59 recto and verso, 60 verso and 61 recto (D14427–D14428, D14430–D14431) form a continuous panoramic west view across the Bacino, from the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore to the south to the Riva San Biagio to the north; Turner would have had to temporarily turn back D14430 and D14428 to match their outer edges to the points were the overall view continued.1
Finberg subsequently annotated his 1909 Inventory for this page (‘The Grand Canal, from Casa Foscari to the Rialto’), crossing out the whole entry and inserting ‘61. S. Giorgio with the Salute. Exhd drgs 602e. N.G.’,2 in line with his 1930 book In Venice with Turner, where this subject is described as ‘S. Giorgio and Salute, from near S. Biagio’.3 See also the entry for the verso (D14432), which he also radically amended from his 1909 entry. As the published topographical titles make clear, 602f in the early National Gallery display sequence was actually D14453 (Turner Bequest CLXXV 72). In another copy Finberg again crossed out the title and wrote: ‘S. Giorgio on left, with Salute & Dogana on right’.4 The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated another copy: ‘now view of the Salute, Dogana &c from the Giudecca’.5 For an attempt to clarify the confusion arising out of the extraction of twelve leaves for display and their subsequent restoration to the sketchbook, see the technical notes in the Introduction.
For other drawings made in the vicinity and an overview of Turner’s coverage of Venice, see the sketchbook’s Introduction. At the top left is a separate detail of the lighthouse beside the church of San Giorgio Maggiore, and at the top centre are fishing boats, including one with the painted sails traditional to the area, as shown in Turner’s 1843 painting The Sun of Venice Going to Sea (Tate N00535);6 see under folio 37 recto (D14383) for other studies of boats.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

See Warrell 2003, pp.83, 263 note 2.
Undated MS note by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.514, with revisions on opposite page.
Finberg 1930, p.165.
Undated MS note by Finberg in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.514.
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.514.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.250–2 no.402, pl.408 (colour).

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