Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Fondamenta Nuove, Venice, with the Ponte Donà below the Campanile of the Gesuiti, and the Campanile of the Madonna dell’Orto in the Distance

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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
D31891
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 51 a

Catalogue entry

Finberg later annotated his 1909 Inventory entry (‘Various buildings’): ‘Ponte Donà on the Fondamente Nuove’.1 The Turner scholar C.F. Bell marked another copy in the same way, adding ‘& tower’, and noting beneath: ‘parish of the Gesuits’.2
With the page turned horizontally, the main view from the Canale delle Fondamenta Nuove ranges to the south-west on the left, with the Ponte Donà at the entrance to the Rio dei Gesuiti below the campanile of the eponymous church, and towards the north-west along the waterfront on the right. The campanile squeezed in at the right of the main view and reprised in more detail in the continuation below is that of the Madonna dell’Orto (see folio 52 verso; D31893).
Folio 52 recto opposite (D31892) shows the view along the quays in the opposite direction.

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.
2
Undated MS note by Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain, II, p.1011.

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