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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Fondamenta Nuove, Venice, with the Ponte Donà below the Campanile of the Gesuiti, and the Campanile of San Francesco della Vigna Beyond 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 52 Recto:
The Fondamenta Nuove, Venice, with the Ponte Donà below the Campanile of the Gesuiti, and the Campanile of San Francesco della Vigna Beyond 1840
D31892
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 52
Pencil on cream wove paper, 123 x 173 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘B[...]’ above right of centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘52’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCCXIII – 52’ top right, ascending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned horizontally, the view from the Canale delle Fondamenta Nuove is to the south-east, with the Ponte Donà at the entrance to the Rio dei Gesuiti below the outline of the campanile of the church of the same dedication in the foreground. The slender spire at the centre is that of San Francesco della Vigna. Beyond is the easternmost part of the city, apparently laterally squeezed into the main view and reprised a little more expansively at the top left, including the dome and campanile of San Pietro di Castello. There may be another view in this direction on folio 53 verso (D31895).
Folio 52 recto opposite (D31892) shows the view along the quays in the opposite direction, with the Gesuiti’s campanile shown in more detail.

Matthew Imms
September 2018

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Fondamenta Nuove, Venice, with the Ponte Donà below the Campanile of the Gesuiti, and the Campanile of San Francesco della Vigna Beyond 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-the-fondamenta-nuove-venice-with-the-ponte-dona-below-the-r1196787, accessed 09 July 2020.