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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, with the Church and Campanile 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 50 Recto:
The Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, with the Church and Campanile 1819
D14409
Turner Bequest CLXXV 50
Pencil on white wove paper, 112 x 185 mm
Partial watermark ‘lee | 13’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘50’ top right and ‘300’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXV 50’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This very slight view is south-east across the Bacino to the west front of the church of San Giorgio Maggiore, on the island of the same name, flanked by its substantial campanile. The occasion may have been the trip around the Bacino and Canale di San Marco resulting in several small studies on folio 49 verso opposite and the verso of the present page (D14408, D14410). Finberg corrected the ‘Campanile of St. Mark’s, and San Giorgio’ of his 1909 Inventory1 with a less committed ‘S. Giorgio, etc.’ in 1930’s In Venice with Turner.2
A much more detailed drawing from a similar angle is on folio 66 verso (D14442). For other drawings made in the vicinity and an overview of Turner’s coverage of Venice, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.513.
2
Finberg 1930, p.164.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, with the Church and Campanile 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-the-isola-di-san-giorgio-maggiore-venice-with-the-church-and-r1186522, accessed 01 April 2020.