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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Santa Maria della Salute, the Dogana, the Venice Waterfront and the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore from the Canale or Isola della Giudecca 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 18 Recto:
Santa Maria della Salute, the Dogana, the Venice Waterfront and the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore from the Canale or Isola della Giudecca 1819
D14521
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 18
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 184 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘18’ bottom right (now faint)
Stamped in black ‘CLXXVI – 18’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The drawing continues across folio 17 verso opposite (D14520). Finberg subsequently annotated his 1909 Inventory entry (‘On the Giudecca, looking towards the Salute’): ‘Sal. Dogana. D’s Pal & Camp. S Giorgio from nr Zittella [sic]’.1 The Turner scholar C.F. Bell crossed out ‘looking towards the Salute’ in another copy and wrote: ‘Salute to l. S. Giorgio to r | Doge’s Palce [?& c] in centre’.2 Bell marked Finberg’s similar text in In Venice with Turner (1930): ‘The Salute on the left, the Ducal Pal in centre, S. Giorgio on right’.3
The viewpoint is along the north side of the Isola della Giudecca, either on the Fondamenta delle Zitelle or in a boat not far out in the Canale, looking due north to the porch of the Dogana and north-north-west to the domes and towers of Santa Maria della Salute on the opposite page. Here the panorama continues to the north-east along the Bacino waterfront, with the campanile and domes of San Marco (St Mark’s) on the left. Finally, across the water to the right, just off the end of the Giudecca, is the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, with the porch, dome and campanile of its church.
Compare the less detailed panorama from the Canale della Giudecca on folios 16 verso–17 recto (D14518–D14519). For other drawings made in the vicinity, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Undated MS note by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.517.
2
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.517.
3
Undated MS note by Bell (before 1936) in copy of Finberg 1930, Prints and Drawings Study Room, British Museum, London, p.167, as transcribed by Ian Warrell (undated notes, Tate catalogue files).

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Santa Maria della Salute, the Dogana, the Venice Waterfront and the Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore from the Canale or Isola della Giudecca 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2017, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, July 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-santa-maria-della-salute-the-dogana-the-venice-waterfront-r1186256, accessed 14 August 2020.