Joseph Mallord William Turner

Venetian Festival

c.1845

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 724 x 1133 mm
frame: 1000 x 1410 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N04659

Display caption

This is one of a pair of paintings of Venetian festivals which were probably produced in the mid-1840s. This painting is probably not finished and was not exhibited. The shallow landscape format is typical of Turner’s late Venetian subjects.

Gallery label, February 2010

Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? We would like to hear from you.

Catalogue entry

508. [N04659] Venetian Festival c. 1845

THE TATE GALLERY, LONDON (4659)

Canvas, 28 1/2 × 44 5/8 (72·5 × 113·5)

Coll. Turner Bequest 1856 (? 138 or 139, 2 each 3'9" × 2'4 1/2"), transferred to the Tate Gallery 1938.

Exh. Australian tour 1960 (16); Tokyo and Kyoto 1970–71 (46, repr.); Dresden (21) and Berlin (31, colour pl. 22) 1972; Lisbon 1973 (21, repr. in colour).

Lit. Rothenstein and Butlin 1964, p. 64; Butlin 1981, p. 45.

Companion to No. 507 [N04661], q.v. Formerly called ‘Venice, after the Ball’.

The canvas bears the stamp of T. Brown of the type that seems to have come in in 1839.

Published in:
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984

You might like