Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Grand Canal, Venice, with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi and the Fabbriche Vecchie and Nuove beside the Erberia; the Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square), Venice, with the Basilica and Campanile


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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 43 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. The Palazzo dei Camerlenghi is on the left, with the arcades of the Fabbriche Vecchie and Fabbriche Nuove fronting the waterside Campo Erberia (vegetable market) receding on the right. The drawing on folio 75 verso (D14459) is from about the same viewpoint, but with the Erberia on the left and the opposite side of the canal shown to the right. Compare also a view including the bridge to the left in the contemporary Venice to Ancona sketchbook (Tate D14512; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 13).
The other way up towards the gutter at the top left is the Procuratie Vecchie range along the north side of the Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square), running on from the full-page view on folio 44 recto opposite (D14397). The note ‘Green | V B’ applied to this continuation.
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

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