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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Zecca (Mint), Libreria Sansoviniana, Campanile of San Marco (St Mark's), Piazzetta and Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace), Venice, from the Bacino; Moored Shipping 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Recto:
The Zecca (Mint), Libreria Sansoviniana, Campanile of San Marco (St Mark’s), Piazzetta and Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), Venice, from the Bacino; Moored Shipping 1840
D31817
Turner Bequest CCCXIII 14
Pencil on cream wove paper, 123 x 173 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘14’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCCXIII – 14’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the page turned horizontally, the main subject is a schematic outline of the Venice waterfront looking north from the Bacino, with the buildings reduced to simplified blocks: the Zecca (Mint) and Libreria Sansoviniana on the left with the campanile of San Marco (St Mark’s) beyond, the opening of the Piazzetta, and the Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace) at the centre. Compare the more detailed aspects of the scene on folios 3 verso and 4 recto (D31796–D31797).
Above is a study of moored boats on the waterfront, crossing the gutter onto folio 13 verso opposite (D31816).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The Zecca (Mint), Libreria Sansoviniana, Campanile of San Marco (St Mark’s), Piazzetta and Palazzo Ducale (Doge’s Palace), Venice, from the Bacino; Moored Shipping 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-zecca-mint-libreria-sansoviniana-campanile-of-san-marco-r1196711, accessed 06 June 2020.