Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Church of San Pietro di Castello, Venice; a Sailing Boat


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 123 × 173 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 27 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, the main view is emphatic but loosely rendered, and the identity of what is presumably a Venetian church dome, with a tower nearby and what appears to be a gondola in the foreground, is unconfirmed; it is possibly San Pietro in Castello, with its prominent dome and substantial campanile, seen to the west from the channel off the Isola della Certosa, at the far eastern end of the city. There is a more clearly defined view apparently showing the church from the opposite direction on folio 26 recto (D31840), under which other sketches in this book are noted.
Towards the top right is a somewhat more considered study of a fishing or cargo boat.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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