Joseph Mallord William Turner

Waterfront Views of Venice from the Canale di San Marco, with San Giorgio Maggiore, Santa Maria della Salute and the Campanile and Domes of San Marco (St Mark’s) Beyond


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 123 × 173 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 44

Catalogue entry

There are four similar studies here, drawn with the page turned horizontally. Finberg later annotated his 1909 Inventory entry (‘Shipping and distant buildings’): ‘Several sk[etches] from Lagoon’.1 The ‘canal Orfano’ he later mentioned in relation to folios 40 recto–44 recto (D31868–D31876)2 runs south from the Canale di San Marco to the more open waters of the Lagoon.
This is the last of this sequence of waterborne views, and apparently the closest to the Riva degli Schiavoni and adjacent quays fronting the Canale di San Marco itself. Although the drawings are slight, the one at the top left appears to show the dome and campanile of San Giorgio Maggiore with Santa Maria della Salute beyond to the west, as a continuation of the wider view below where the campanile and domes of San Marco (St Mark’s) are lightly indicated towards the left; compare the two widest views on folio 43 verso opposite (D31875). The jumbled drawings of bridges and houses below likely continue the prospect to the right.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

Undated MS note by Finberg (died 1939) in interleaved copy of Finberg 1909, Prints and Drawings Room, Tate Britain, II, p.1011.
Finberg 1930, p.171.

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