Although this loose, near monochrome study clearly shows a waterfront scene with what may be figures and boats in the foreground, by a slight aberration Finberg called it ‘The Piazza, St Mark’s’.1 The prospect appears to be westwards from the Bacino off the start of the Riva degli Schiavoni, with suggestions of the Ponte del Vin and the adjacent Hotel Danieli (the Palazzo Dandolo) on the right, the silhouetted form of the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) blocked in beyond towards the left, and the campanile of San Marco rising towards a slender, newly waxing moon, like one that appears in a contemporary colour study along the Grand Canal (Tate D32230; Turner Bequest CCCXVIII 11). During Turner’s 20 August–3 September 1840 stay in Venice this phase coincided with the second week, between the new moon on 27 August and its first quarter on the day he left.2
Compare D32225 (CCCXVIII 16), another waterfront scene on similar paper.
Finberg 1909, II, p.1026; see the similar title in Finberg 1930, p.176.
See ‘Moon Phases for Venice, Italy’, timeanddate.com, accessed 6 September 2018, https://www
.timeanddate. .com /moon /phases /italy /venice ?year =1840
‘Appendix: The papers used for Turner’s Venetian Watercolours’ (1840, section 6) in Warrell 2003, p.259.
Blank; inscribed by Turner in ink ‘3’ bottom right, upside down; inscribed in pencil ‘S’ below centre; inscribed in pencil ‘39’ above centre, ascending vertically; stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram over ‘CCCXVIII – 6’ bottom left; inscribed in pencil ‘D32225’ and ‘CCCXVIII [...]’ towards bottom right. For the various ink numbers inscribed by the artist on similar sheets, see the Introduction to the tour.