Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Grand Canal, Venice, with the Fabbriche Vecchie and Nuove beside the Erberia beyond the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 112 × 185 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXV 75 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, Turner’s drawing was made on the Grand Canal, at the bend just east of the Rialto Bridge, looking north-west. Finberg subsequently annotated his basic 1909 Inventory entry (‘“P. Cansiano” (?)’): ‘V. on Gd. Canal, looking west from opposite the Pescheria: Valmarana, Micheli dalle Colonne & [?Rech] Palaces on right, with tower of SS. Apostoli’.1 He also noted Turner’s inscription as ‘Prby. Cassiano’.2 The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated another copy, suggesting ‘S’ rather than ‘P’ as the preceding letter of Turner’s inscription, and adding: ‘from in front of the Rialto Erberia to r’.3
The Palazzo dei Camerlenghi is included in the foreground at the gutter, framing the arcades of the Fabbriche Vecchie and Fabbriche Nuove fronting the waterside Campo Erberia (vegetable market) beyond, with a prospect along the far side of the canal to the right, where the campanile of Santi Apostoli is shown to the north.4 As Finberg noted, Turner’s inscription below the tower apparently refers to the church of San Canciano (sic), not far east of Santi Apostoli but out of sight here.5
The tall building placed about two thirds of the way across the page, right of the tall mast, is the Palace Michiel dalle Colonne, with the Palazzo Michiel del Brusà just to its right; about half way between them and the edge of the page is the tall Ca’ da Mosto. Lightly indicated at the very edge appears to be a bay of the Palazzo Crivan. Finberg remarked: ‘The dulness [sic] of the Erberia buildings is redeemed by the picturesque group of boats which fill the centre of the design’.6
The drawing on folio 43 verso (D14396) is from about the same viewpoint, but with more of the palazzo shown on the left and the Erberia on the right. For other drawings made in the vicinity and an overview of Turner’s coverage of Venice, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

Undated MS note by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, opposite p.515.
Ibid., p.515 itself.
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.515.
See Finberg 1930, p.50.

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