Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, across the Bacino from the Hotel Europa (Palazzo Giustinian) towards Sunset


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Watercolour, bodycolour and graphite on paper
Support: 193 × 281 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXVI 28

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Turner made a sequence of studies of Palladio's church of S. Giorgio Maggiore on his 1840 trip to Venice. The 'Autobiography' of the watercolourist William Callow (1812-1908) contains an interesting glimpse of Turner at work during this visit: 'The next time I saw Turner was at Venice, at Hotel Europa, where we sat opposite at meals and entered into conversation. One evening whilst I was enjoying a cigar in a gondola I saw Turner sketching San Giorgio, brilliantly lit up by the settting sun.' It is likely that a number of the studies made by Turner on this trip, including perhaps some of San Giorgio, were coloured in front of the motif.

Gallery label, August 2004

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