Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views along the Canale della Giudecca, Venice

1840

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 126 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D31292
Turner Bequest CCCX 8 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally both ways, there are three Venice waterfront views here. Ian Warrell has noted the sketches within a short sequence of Canale della Giudecca subjects (folios 6 verso–9 recto; D31288–D31293).1 The rapid, somewhat cursory treatment of the various domes, campanili and other selected details makes precise identifications and orientations uncertain.
As noted in the sketchbook’s Introduction, the Venice views on its early pages are intermingled with German sketches from Turner’s return journey.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

1
See Warrell 2003, pp.179, 264 note 4.

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