Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Zecca (Mint), Libreria Sansoviniana, Campanile of San Marco (St Mark’s), Piazzetta and Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), Venice, from the Bacino; Moored Shipping

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 123 × 173 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31817
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 14

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the page turned horizontally, the main subject is a schematic outline of the Venice waterfront looking north from the Bacino, with the buildings reduced to simplified blocks: the Zecca (Mint) and Libreria Sansoviniana on the left with the campanile of San Marco (St Mark’s) beyond, the opening of the Piazzetta, and the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) at the centre. Compare the more detailed aspects of the scene on folios 3 verso and 4 recto (D31796–D31797).
Above is a study of moored boats on the waterfront, crossing the gutter onto folio 13 verso opposite (D31816).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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