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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Ponte Ca' di Dio, with St Mark's in the Distance, Santa Maria della Salute, the Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore across the Bacino, and the Redentore on the Giudecca Beyond 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
The Ponte Ca’ di Dio, with St Mark’s in the Distance, Santa Maria della Salute, the Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore across the Bacino, and the Redentore on the Giudecca Beyond 1819
D14504
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 9
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 184 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[...]’ and ‘[...]’ towards centre right, on signs, and ‘Parocchia | De S Gio | in Bragora’ and ‘Ponte | della | Ca di dio’ towards bottom right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘9’ bottom right (now faint)
Stamped in black ‘CLXXVI – 9’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The drawing continues across folio 8 verso opposite (D14503). Finberg subsequently annotated his 1909 Inventory entry (‘Looking along the Schiavoni, with bridge on right, near “Parochia de S. Giovanni in Bragora,” – “Ponte della Ca’ di Dio.”’): ‘from nr Garibaldi’s statue’.1 The Turner scholar C.F. Bell wrote in another copy: ‘Redentore l. Ponte della Cà di Dio r.’2
On this page the pedestrian Ponte Ca’ di Dio is seen from the Riva of the same name, looking west. The building immediately north-west of the bridge, at the corner of the Rio di Ca’ di Dio and the start of the Riva degli Schiavoni, remains much the same and now houses the Ristorante Carpaccio. In the distance towards the left are the waterfront arcades of the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), and the domes and faintly indicated campanile of St Mark’s. The format of the inscriptions at the bottom right suggests they were transcribed from local street signs.
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.516.
2
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 Ponte Ca’ di Dio, with St Mark’s in the Distance, Santa Maria della Salute, the Dogana and San Giorgio Maggiore across the Bacino, and the Redentore on the Giudecca Beyond 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-ponte-ca-di-dio-with-st-marks-in-the-distance-santa-r1186239, accessed 30 November 2021.