Joseph Mallord William Turner

Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, with the Dogana, Campanile and Basilica of San Marco (St Mark’s), and Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) from the Bacino


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 64

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the drawing continues across folio 63 verso opposite (D14436), with the view north across the Bacino to the Piazzetta. The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘S. Maria della Salute and Dogana on left, with Campanile and Piazzetta on the right’): ‘and Doge’s Palace from San Giorgio’.1
The present page takes in the domes of Santa Maria della Salute, with the Seminario Patriarcale and Dogana in front, looking north-west across the end of the Giudecca Canal, the viewpoint being on or close to the eastern tip of the Giudecca where it almost meets the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore. A comparable, more consistently detailed view from the Bacino is on folios 56 verso, 57 verso and 58 verso (D14422, D14424, D14426).
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 C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.514.

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