The view is to the south-west across the Piazzetta dei Leoni (Leoncini). The façade in the immediate foreground on the right, with its large roundel between half-columns, is the church of San Basso, now a concert hall; opposite is the ornate well beside the marble-faced blank arcade along the north front of the basilica of San Marco (St Mark’s), and to the right are the two lion statues which give the square its name. Over the far end of Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) rises the campanile of San Moisè, and the campanile of St Mark’s itself looms over the roofline on the left. There are numerous detailed studies of the basilica and campanile from other angles in the contemporary Milan to Venice sketchbook.
There is a brief continuation to the left on folio 14 verso opposite (D14514), where the Porta dei Fiori is shown. For other aspects of Venice on adjacent pages, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.517.
Undated MS note by Bell (before 1936) in copy of Finberg 1930, Prints and Drawings Study Room, British Museum, London, p.167, as transcribed by Ian Warrell (undated notes, Tate catalogue files).