Not on display
Owing to confusion over the extraction for display and eventual restoration of numerous leaves (see the technical notes in the sketchbook’s Introduction), Finberg’s 1909 Inventory coupled this page with page ‘81a. The fruit market. Exhibited drawing, No.602i, N.G.’, whereas it is now rightly bound as a brief continuation of a boat from the full-page view of the Grand Canal from under the Rialto Bridge, looking towards the campanile of Santi Apostoli, on folio 81 verso opposite (D14471), which was listed as the subject of page ‘81’ in 1909; the Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated a copy to note pages ‘81a | 82’ as ‘really the entrance to the Rio di Santi Apostoli opposite the Erberia’.1
Although Martin Butlin related the overall view to the very large but unfinished painting The Rialto, Venice of about 1820 (Tate N05543),2 it shows a prospect under the bridge looking in the opposite direction based on the drawing on folios 80 verso–81 recto (D14469–D14470), and is discussed under those pages.
For other drawings made in the vicinity and an overview of Turner’s coverage of Venice, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.