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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Venice: Islands in the Lagoon with Mountains on the Mainland Beyond 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Recto:
Venice: Islands in the Lagoon with Mountains on the Mainland Beyond 1819
D14510
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 12
Pencil on white wove paper, 111 x 184 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘12’ bottom right (now faint)
Stamped in black ‘CLXXVI – 12’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The drawing continues across folio 11 verso opposite (D14509). On this page appear to be what Finberg identified as the neighbouring islands of Burano and Torcello1 to the north-east, probably from the quays of the Fondamenta (or Fondamente) Nuove.
Turner’s attention was generally taken with more conventionally picturesque aspects of central Venice itself on this visit, but there is what seems to be another view out from the Fondamenta Nuove in the contemporary Milan to Venice book (Tate D14359; Turner Bequest CLXXV 23). For adjacent views of the city, see the present sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
See Finberg 1909, I, p.516, and 1930, p.167.

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Venice: Islands in the Lagoon with Mountains on the Mainland 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-venice-islands-in-the-lagoon-with-mountains-on-the-mainland-r1186245, accessed 24 May 2024.