With the page turned horizontally, Turner first used this page for a slight, schematic view apparently showing the west front of the church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, with its classical portico, dome and campanile. The subject was so familiar to him by now that drawing it in passing seems almost a reflex action; compare the slight contemporary watercolour study, Tate D32148 (Turner Bequest CCCXVI 11).
As noted in this sketchbook’s Introduction, the Venice views on its early pages are intermingled with German sketches from Turner’s return journey. Here San Giorgio is surrounded by views of the Veste Coburg fortress in its park north-east of the centre of Coburg. The various aspects have been described by Cecilia Powell:1 at the top, two views east up to the ramparts from the Hofgarten approach (now wooded along the road), with a detail at the top left; above the centre, a view back towards Coburg, with the prominent spire of St Moriz’s Church; towards the bottom left and right, with the page turned horizontally, two profiles of the castle’s skyline from the north, the former with another distant prospect of Coburg.
The leaf was detached at some point and has been secured at the gutter with Japanese-type conservation paper applied to the recto (D31279).
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