Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Piazzetta, Venice, from the Bacino, with the Campanile of San Marco (St Mark’s) and Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace); the Zeughaus, Coburg, from Herrngasse; Judengasse and the Judentor

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: 126 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31281
Turner Bequest CCCX 3

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, the main view is a relatively slight study of the familiar Venetian prospect north up the Piazzetta to the campanile of San Marco (St Mark’s), continued to its full height across the gutter on folio 2 verso opposite (D31280). Beyond moored shipping on the left are the Zecca and Libreria Sansoviniana, balanced by the domes of St Mark’s and the south front of the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) on the right.
As noted in the sketchbook’s Introduction, the Venice views on its early pages are intermingled with German sketches from Turner’s return journey. Turner subsequently used the blank space of the foreground towards the outer edge for two small sketches at Coburg, as identified by Cecilia Powell.1 One, towards the top right relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, shows the gabled Zeughaus along Herrngasse off the north-east corner of the market square, as shown in one of the views on folio 1 verso (D31278). Inverted relative to it and framed by pencil lines is a view of the domed Judentor gate-tower along Judengasse, looking from the west side of the square between buildings which remain recognisable.
For the numerous Coburg views in this sketchbook, see under D31278.2

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Powell 1995, p.242.
2
See also Powell 1995, pp.72, 82 notes 63 and 64.

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