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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Figures with a Gondola, Moored Sailing Boats and a Venice Waterfront, Perhaps the Riva degli Schiavoni around the Pietà 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 83 Recto:
Figures with a Gondola, Moored Sailing Boats and a Venice Waterfront, Perhaps the Riva degli Schiavoni around the Pietà 1840
D32425
Turner Bequest CCCXX 83
Pencil on white wove paper, 89 x 149 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘83’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCCXX – 83’ top right, ascending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Folios 82 verso–87 recto (D32424–D32433), all drawn with the pages turned horizontally, form a brief sequence of views around the Bacino. Perhaps from the same vantage point as the view north to the Molo and Piazzetta on folio 82 verso opposite (D32424), this one, dominated by small boats and figures in the foreground, may be north-eastwards along the Riva degli Schiavoni waterfront, with slight indications of the pediment of the Pietà church left of the centre.
The verso (D32425) shows a clearer view of churches not far west of the Pietà.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Figures with a Gondola, Moored Sailing Boats and a Venice Waterfront, Perhaps the Riva degli Schiavoni around the Pietà 1840 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2018, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-figures-with-a-gondola-moored-sailing-boats-and-a-venice-r1196659, accessed 19 October 2021.