Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Church of San Geremia, Venice, on the Grand Canal beside the Entrance to the Cannaregio Canal, Venice

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 126 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31298
Turner Bequest CCCX 11 a

Catalogue entry

The view is north from the Grand Canal up the Cannaregio canal past the Palazzo Labia to the Ponte delle Guglie (see folios 10 recto, 11 recto and 12 recto; D31295, D31297, D31299), with the imposing Baroque church and campanile of San Geremia on the left.1 Turner had made a more elaborate study of the scene in the 1819 Milan to Venice sketchbook (Tate D14482–D14483; Turner Bequest CLXXV 87a–88), showing the church without the central dome indicated here.
This is one of a short sequence of Cannaregio subjects (folios 9 verso–12 recto; D31296–D31299), after which Turner travelled south along the Grand Canal. As noted in the sketchbook’s Introduction, the Venice views on its early pages are intermingled with German sketches from his return journey.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Finberg 1930, p.172.

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