Not on display
The viewpoint is below the north end of the south-west side of the bridge, looking diagonally eastwards through its single arch. On the right on this page are buildings on the Riva del Ferro, remaining much the same today. The balcony at the top right now belongs to the Hotel Rialto, while the tall, narrow arch at the centre is at the entrance to the Calle Bombasei. The upper level of the buildings and their roofs is continued as a separate detail on the opposite page. There is a quick sketch made from the foot of the steps to the bridge on this side in the contemporary Route to Rome sketchbook (Tate D13870; Turner Bequest CLXXI 6a), taking in the whole of the bridge itself set against a cursory version of the skyline.
Although Martin Butlin2 related the overall view to the very large but unfinished painting The Rialto, Venice of about 1820 (Tate N05543),3 it shows a prospect under the bridge looking in the opposite direction based on the drawing on folios 80 verso–81 recto (D14469–D14470), and is discussed under those pages.
For other drawings made in the vicinity and an overview of Turner’s coverage of Venice, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.
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