Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, with the Church and Campanile

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 112 × 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14409
Turner Bequest CLXXV 50

Catalogue entry

This very slight view is south-east across the Bacino to the west front of the church of San Giorgio Maggiore, on the island of the same name, flanked by its substantial campanile. The occasion may have been the trip around the Bacino and Canale di San Marco resulting in several small studies on folio 49 verso opposite and the verso of the present page (D14408, D14410). Finberg corrected the ‘Campanile of St. Mark’s, and San Giorgio’ of his 1909 Inventory1 with a less committed ‘S. Giorgio, etc.’ in 1930’s In Venice with Turner.2
A much more detailed drawing from a similar angle is on folio 66 verso (D14442). 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

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.513.
2
Finberg 1930, p.164.

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