Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Entrance to the Grand Canal, Venice, with San Giorgio Maggiore across the Bacino

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
D31907
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 59 a

Catalogue entry

The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally. Finberg later annotated his basic 1909 Inventory entry (‘View on canal’): ‘From Mouth Gd. Canal. S. Giorgio in distance’.1 Details are a little uncertain in the left foreground, but the viewpoint is likely somewhere off the Palazzo Badoer Tiepolo (now the Westin Europa & Regina Hotel), with a token indication of the porch of the Dogana defining the south side of the Grand Canal on the right. Beyond, the campanile and dome of the church of San Giorgio Maggiore are seen across the Bacino to the east-south-east.
The prospect, from not far west of the Hotel Europa (Palazzo Giustinian) where Turner was staying, was long familiar; compare a sketch in the 1819 Milan to Venice book (Tate D14434; Turner Bequest CLXXV 62a). Folios 53 recto and 61 recto (D31894, D31910) show similar views.

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.1011.

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