Joseph Mallord William Turner

Santa Maria della Salute and the Dogana, Venice, from the Bacino, with the Redentore and San Giacomo on the Giudecca in the Distance


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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 65

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the drawing continues on folio 64 verso opposite (D14438), where the view is west from the Bacino across the start of the Giudecca Canal, with the Dogana and Santa Maria della Salute. Finberg subsequently annotated his 1909 Inventory entry (‘Dogana di Mare and S. Maria della Salute’, bracketed to include this page and D144391), elaborating the subject as ‘64a. Dogana & Salute from near S. Biagio on R. d. Schiavoni’ with ‘65. (contn.) Redentore & tower of S. Eufemia d’ Giudecca’.2 Crossing out the printed bracket linking the two pages, the Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated another copy: ‘the Redentore and San’Eufemia from E. entrance to Giudecca’;3 he similarly marked Finberg’s In Venice with Turner (1930): ‘from [?the] entrance to the Canale dell Giudecca’.4 In fact there seems no reason to doubt the continuity of the view.
On this page the scene continues south-west across to the Giudecca and the dome of the church of the Redentore nearest and, rather than the more distant Sant’Eufemia proposed by Finberg and Bell, the campanile of the adjacent church of San Giacomo, suppressed in 1806 and demolished in 1837.5 Compare the similar but slighter view in the contemporary Venice to Ancona sketchbook (Tate D14516–D14517; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 15a–16), where the equivalent tower is labelled ‘St Jacomo’.
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

The connection was restated in Finberg 1930, p.41.
Undated MS note by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, opposite 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.
Undated MS note by Bell (before 1936) in copy of Finberg 1930, Prints and Drawings Study Room, British Museum, London, p.165, as transcribed by Ian Warrell (undated notes, Tate catalogue files).
For history and images see Jeff Cotton, ‘The Lost Churches’, The Churches of Venice, accessed 4 January 2017,

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