With the page turned horizontally, the main view is north up the Piazzetta to the Piazza (St Mark’s Square), with the arcades of the Libreria Sansoviniana roughly indicated on the left, and the south side of the Loggetta seen in elevation below the campanile of St Mark’s. Beyond the square is the Torre dell’Orologio (clock tower). Although at first glance the view appears seamless, Turner may have moved further north before introducing the Basilica, as its west front is shown receding towards the centre beyond the arches on its south front. At the far right the north-west corner of the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) is introduced. Andrew Wilton has suggested a connection with a contemporary night scene in watercolour on grey-brown paper (Tate D32220; Turner Bequest CCCXVIII 1),1 which shows much the same view.
Above to the right is a lightly drawn and not very accurate elevation of the northern end of the Doge’s Palace. Turner’s inscription (meaning ‘golden tree’) perhaps indicates a local shop or restaurant.
See Wilton 1975, p.134.