Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Dogana and Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, across the Entrance to the Grand Canal

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: 123 × 173 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31914
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 63

Catalogue entry

These slight drawings were made with the page turned horizontally. Finberg later annotated his basic 1909 Inventory entry (‘Buildings from canal’): ‘Dogana & Salute from Gd. Canal’.1 This appears correct, with the upright porch of the Dogana at the entrance to the Grand Canal from the Bacino towards the left, and the two domes of Santa Maria della Salute just beyond to the west, along the south side. Aspects of the long-familiar prospect, opposite the Hotel Europa (Palazzo Giustinian) where Turner was staying, are shown on nearby pages, including folios 58 recto and 61 recto (D31904, D31910). The subject of the looser sketch at the top left is unclear, but it likely shows waterfront buildings, perhaps with a gondola in the foreground.
There is a rapid variation on folio 62 recto (D31912). As discussed under folio 60 verso (D31909), many of the Venice drawings between there and folio 69 recto (D31926) are in a conspicuously rough mode, sometimes with identifiable landmarks but often seemingly rushed to the point of incoherence, perhaps either on account of stormy weather (see under folio 60 recto; D31908) or failing light.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
Undated MS note by Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain, II, p.1012.

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