Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Bacino, Venice, from the Canale di San Marco, with San Giorgio Maggiore, Santa Maria della Salute and the Campanile of San Marco (St Mark’s)


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 62

Catalogue entry

The view continues on folio 61 verso opposite (D14432). The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Distant view of the Campanile and Doge’s Palace’): ‘and the Riva degli Schiavoni to right’.1 The viewpoint is a the furthest east of Turner’s stations along the Canale di San Marco, looking back from off the Giardini Pubblici, with the columns at the entrance to the Piazzetta on the left across the Bacino, the campanile and domes of St Mark’s rising above the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) to the left of the moored ship, and domes and towers beyond the Riva degli Schiavoni on the right.
A smaller drawing encompassing the whole of a similar view is on folio 40 verso (D14390). 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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