Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sailing Boats Moored off the Riva degli Schiavoni, with the Campanile and Dome of San Zaccaria; the Campanile of San Giorgio dei Greci

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: 89 × 149 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32426
Turner Bequest CCCXX 83 a

Catalogue entry

Folios 82 verso–87 recto (D32424–D32433), all drawn with the pages turned horizontally, form a brief sequence of views around the Bacino. Finberg limited his description of this one to ‘Boats in canal’,1 although its main subject is clear enough for identification. Beyond moored vessels, the campanile and dome of the church of San Zaccaria are seen above the Riva degli Schiavoni to the north-east; waterfront buildings now preclude such a clear view. The Hotel Danieli (Palazzo Dandolo) may be indicated towards the left. Above is a separate detail of the campanile of San Giorgio dei Greci, north-east of San Zaccaria, brought in from the right.
These familiar buildings feature in a contemporary Bacino colour study from a similar direction (Tate D32154; Turner Bequest CCCXVI 17). Folios 82 verso and 83 recto (D32424–D32425) are slight views in the vicinity.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.1032; see also 1930, p.170.

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