Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Grand Canal, Venice

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
D31860
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 36

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, this somewhat incoherent drawing appears to show palaces on the Grand Canal, as on adjacent pages including folio 35 verso opposite (D31859), a view near the Rialto.
Features here include a double arcade or arched windows, a spire or finial and what seems to be a colonnade further off, but the details, likely recorded while in motion on the water, are too swift and jumbled to enable a specific identification.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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