Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a Panoramic View from the Bacino, Venice: Shipping off Santa Maria della Salute and the Dogana, with the Grand Canal and Campanile of San Stefano Beyond


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 58 a

Catalogue entry

Finberg subsequently annotated his 1909 Inventory entry (‘S. Maria della Salute and Seminario Patriarcale’), inserting ‘& Dogana & Entrance Gd Canal’ after ‘Salute’, and revising the overall title as ‘Salute & Dogana, from S. Giorgio, with P. Corner della Ca Grande in m.-d.’ 1 In another copy he wrote: ‘Dogana. Gd Hotel’.2 The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated a further copy: ‘from entrance to the Giudecca’.3
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the view is west from the Bacino with shipping moored off the Dogana below the domes of Santa Maria della Salute. To the right the Grand Canal recedes, with the campanile of San Stefano on the right.
The drawing is actually left-hand part of a three-page panorama, albeit which is effectively impossible to view all at once. It continues on folios 56 verso and 57 verso (D14422, D14424),4 encompassing a view ranging from the north-west to the north-east, centred on the Doge’s Palace. Turner would have had to roll or almost fold back each page successively so that its outer edge would meet the preceding gutter, where the architecture matches precisely in each case.
For other drawings made in the vicinity and an overview of Turner’s coverage of Venice, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

Undated MS note by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.514, and on page opposite.
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.
See Warrell 2003, pp.83, 263 note 2.

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