Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Palazzo Grimani on the Grand Canal, Venice, with the Rialto Bridge in the Distance

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 123 × 173 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31902
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 57

Catalogue entry

This loose, rapid sketch of a familiar scene was made with the page turned horizontally. The viewpoint is the north side of the Grand Canal, just west of the Palazzo Papadopoli on the left, with its prominent twin obelisks; the Rialto Bridge and the campanile of San Bartolomeo are in the distance, with only a loose, wavy line to indicate the palaces on the south side before the schematically rendered bulk of the Palazzo Grimani, labelled towards the right opposite the Papadopoli, with the smaller Palazzo Corner Contarini dei Cavalli on its near side.
Compare the views from nearer the south side in two contemporary colour studies (Tate D32211–D32212; Turner Bequest CCCXVII 26, 27), and the much more detailed pencil view from that side in the 1819 Milan to Venice sketchbook (Tate D14455–D14456; Turner Bequest CLXXV 73, 74).
There is a view down the Rio di San Luca, off the Grand Canal between the Grimani and Palazzo Corner Contarini dei Cavalli palaces, on the verso (D31903).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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