Not on display
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the main drawing appears to be a variation on a more detailed, confirmed view in the contemporary Venice to Ancona sketchbook (Tate D14513; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 14), which shows the Rio di Tolentini, near the north-west entrance to the Grand Canal, with the church of San Nicolò da Tolentino, known the Tolentini, with its prominent Corinthian porch, to the south-south-east. The right-hand half of the site has changed, with the wall of the Papadopoli Gardens now running down that side of the canal beyond the remaining single column of the (latterly) convent church of Santa Croce, which had been demolished in 1813.1 The viewpoint of the Venice to Ancona drawing appears to be the bridge itself, whereas here it is shown in the foreground from the Grand Canal.
Squeezed in at the gutter with the page turned vertically is a thumbnail sketch, apparently from a painting which may show figures in an urban Venetian setting. It is marked with colour and tonal notes, and its subject is apparently recorded beneath, albeit in such tiny, crabbed writing as to be not yet deciphered. See under folio 40 verso (D14390) for Turner’s studies of artworks in Venice.
See Jeff Cotton, ‘The Lost Churches’, The Churches of Venice, accessed 15 February 2017, http://www
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