Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Grand Canal, Venice, with the Rialto Bridge and the Campanile of San Bartolomeo


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 123 × 173 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 37 a

Catalogue entry

This very slight view, made with the page turned horizontally, shows the long-familiar sight of the Rialto Bridge to the north-east along the Grand Canal, from about level with San Silvestro, with the campanile of San Bartolomeo just south-east of the bridge at the centre. Compare for example the elaborate study of the scene from Turner’s first visit, in the 1819 Milan to Venice sketchbook (Tate D14406; Turner Bequest CLXXV 48a), and a loose watercolour study from 1840’s Grand Canal and Giudecca book (D32118; CCCXV 2).
There is a similarly rapid view in the opposite direction, likely from about the same point on folio 38 recto opposite (D31864).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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