Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Riva degli Schiavoni, Venice, with the Piazzetta in the Distance, Santa Maria della Salute and San Giorgio Maggiore across the Bacino, and the Zitelle on the Giudecca Beyond


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 111 × 184 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 6

Catalogue entry

The drawing continues across folio 5 verso opposite (D14497) opposite. The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘View from Riva degli Schiavone; with Isola di S. Giorgio Maggiore and the Salute in the distance on the left’), crossing out ‘and the Salute in the distance’, adding: ‘Ponte del Vin & small houses to r.’1 Bell similarly annotated Finberg’s 1930 In Venice with Turner (‘View from the Riva degli Schiavoni, with S. Giorgio and Salute on the left’): ‘Ponte del Vin & small houses on the right’.2
This view is from a little further east along the Riva degli Schiavoni than in previous double-page drawings (folios 3 verso–5 recto; D14493–D14496), with the Ponte del Vin right of centre, above which the Hotel Danieli (Palazzo Dandolo) is left blank, having been rendered in selective detail in D14494; above is the campanile of St Mark’s. The low buildings in the foreground are in a different configuration to those seen today.
For other drawings made in the vicinity, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.516.
Undated MS note by Bell (before 1936) in copy of Finberg 1930, Prints and Drawings Study Room, British Museum, London, p.167, as transcribed by Ian Warrell (undated notes, Tate catalogue files).

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