Not on display
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the Fondaco dei Turchi is seen on the right; apparently then in a very poor state4 and subsequently heavily restored with a third storey at each end flanking the ‘9’ gables Turner notes, it is now Venice’s natural history museum. Beyond, the Grand Canal recedes to the south-east, with the twin obelisk pinnacles of the Palazzo Belloni Battagia on the right and the campanile of Santi Apostoli in the distance and the Palazzo or Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, now the host to Venice’s Casino, at the gutter. The drawing continues part of the way across folio 90 recto opposite (D14485; Turner Bequest CLXXV 89), where the waterfront arcade of the Palazzo Gritti is seen in the foreground.
For other drawings made in the vicinity and an overview of Turner’s coverage of Venice, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.
Undated MS note by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.515.
Undated MS note by Finberg in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.515.
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, quoting Ruskin’s despairing 1853 description from E.T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn (eds.), Library Edition: The Works of John Ruskin: Volume X: The Stones of Venice: Volume II: The Sea-Stories, London 1904, p.145.
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