Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Moored Sailing Ships in the Bacino, Venice

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: 89 × 149 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D32427
Turner Bequest CCCXX 84

Catalogue entry

Folios 82 verso–87 recto (D32424–D32433), all drawn with the pages turned horizontally, form a brief sequence of views around the Bacino. Albeit lacking any indication of waterfront buildings, this study was likely made on the same occasion. A two-master and a more substantial three-master are shown moored, with slight indications of what may be the gun ports of Austrian naval vessels.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

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