Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Church of San Pietro in Castello, Venice, from the Canale di San Pietro, with a Tower on the Arsenale Perimeter


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Prints and Drawings Room

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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 26

Catalogue entry

The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘Church, &c.’): ‘San Pietro di Castello?’1 This loose drawing, made with the page turned horizontally, appears to show the domed church and its campanile looking east from the Canale di San Pietro; the upper stages of the tower are omitted. This would make the structure to the left one of the outer towers of the Arsenale shipyard complex beyond, to the north-west beyond the mouth of the Canale di Porta Nova, although its scale is exaggerated.
The church is seen in the distance on folio 45 recto (D31878), within a short sequence of hurried sketches around the perimeter of the Arsenale, and likely on folios 46 verso and 47 recto (D31881–D31882). It may also be seen in a slight drawing on folio 27 verso (D31843).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

Undated MS note by Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain, II, p.1010.

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