Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shipping in the Bacino, Venice, with Santa Maria della Salute at the Entrance to the Grand Canal in the Distance


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour on paper
Support: 221 × 321 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXV 4

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All but one of the watercolours on this wall were originally part of a sketchbook containing twenty-two views of Venice (the exception is no.70). The book was broken up by Ruskin in 1857 when he made the selection displayed here. Their sequence in Ruskin's catalogue has suggested the probable order in which they were found. However, because Ruskin was not always systemmatic in the way he dismantled Turner's sketchbooks, it is now often very difficult to determine which loose leaves relate to which sketchbook, and in what order they should be placed within a book.

Gallery label, August 2004

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