J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Copy of Tintoretto's 'St Roch Comforted by an Angel in Prison' in the Church of San Rocco, Venice 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 30 Recto:
Copy of Tintoretto’s ‘St Roch Comforted by an Angel in Prison’ in the Church of San Rocco, Venice 1819
D13915
Turner Bequest CLXXI 30
Pencil on white wove paper, 88 x 114 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘[?Fomezzerna]’ top centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘30’ top left, inverted
Stamped in black ‘CLXXI 30’ top left, inverted
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Part of Turner’s sojourn in Venice included a detailed examination of the paintings of Tintoretto (1518–94), particularly those found in the Scuola Grande and Chiesa di San Rocco. Ian Warrell has identified the subject of this sketch as a rough copy of St Roch Comforted by an Angel in Prison, 1567, a picture situated in the apse of the church of San Rocco.1 Further related studies can be seen on folios 23 verso, 24 verso, 25 verso–27, 29 verso and 30 verso (D13902, D13904, D13906–D13909, D13914 and D13916).

Nicola Moorby
March 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Copy of Tintoretto’s ‘St Roch Comforted by an Angel in Prison’ in the Church of San Rocco, Venice 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-copy-of-tintorettos-st-roch-comforted-by-an-angel-in-prison-r1138733, accessed 04 December 2020.