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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Piazzetta, Venice, with the Columns, Biblioteca Marciana (Libreria Sansoviniana), Campanile and Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace), from the Molo 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Recto:
The Piazzetta, Venice, with the Columns, Biblioteca Marciana (Libreria Sansoviniana), Campanile and Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), from the Molo 1819
D14492
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 3
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 184 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘3’ bottom right (now faint)
Stamped in black ‘CLXXVI – 3’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The Turner scholar C.F. Bell annotated Finberg’s 1909 Inventory entry (‘The Piazzetta’): ‘Corner of Doge’s Palace r Campanile, Libraria & Columns from Molo’.1 This faint outline sketch shows the view north-west into the Piazzetta from the Molo in front of the Doge’s Palace. Turner had made a drawing in somewhat more detail from a little further east in the contemporary Milan to Venice sketchbook (Tate D14414; Turner Bequest CLXXV 52a).
For other drawings made in the vicinity, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Undated MS note by C.F. Bell (died 1966) in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.516.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Piazzetta, Venice, with the Columns, Biblioteca Marciana (Libreria Sansoviniana), Campanile and Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), from the Molo 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-piazzetta-venice-with-the-columns-biblioteca-marciana-r1186227, accessed 16 January 2021.