Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Piazzetta, Venice, with the Columns, Biblioteca Marciana (Libreria Sansoviniana), Campanile and Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), from the Molo

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14492
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 3

Catalogue entry

The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘The Piazzetta’): ‘Corner of Doge’s Palace r Campanile, Libraria & Columns from Molo’.1 This faint outline sketch shows the view north-west into the Piazzetta from the Molo in front of the Doge’s Palace. Turner had made a drawing in somewhat more detail from a little further east in the contemporary Milan to Venice sketchbook (Tate D14414; Turner Bequest CLXXV 52a).
For other drawings made in the vicinity, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.516.

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