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Title:

Venice from the Lagoon

Maker:

Turner, Joseph Mallord William; draughtsman; British artist, 1775-1851

Category:

drawing

Name:

drawing

Date:

1840
watermark: JW(HATMAN)

School/Style:

British

Technique:

watercolour

Material(s):

watercolour; medium
bodycolour; medium
graphite; medium
black ink; medium
paper; support

Technique
Description:

watercolour and bodycolour over graphite and black ink on paper

Dimension(s):

height, 230, mm
width, 305, mm

Acquisition:

given; 1861; Ruskin, John

Notes:

Ruskin first visited Venice in 1835, and over the subsequent decade became alternately depressed and outraged by the physical degradation of the city. To an extent, he found consolation in Turner’s ‘dreamlike and dim, but glorious’ vision of the city. The fact that he gave all the drawings he ever owned of Venice to either Oxford or Cambridge has been considered by some commentators as a reflection of his dismay at the destruction of the city. This watercolour is executed on paper which is identifiable by its watermark as a forgery of a Whatman paper, possibly Austrian in origin. The surface of the paper is quite different to any other which Turner used in Venice, and makes the effects of bodycolour very pronounced. Turner used it in watercolours executed during, or immediately after his 1833 trip (such as Porta della Carta, Tate Gallery TB CCCXVIII 28) and again in a Trieste, Graz and Danube sketchbook, 1840. Stylistically this sheet is closer to the watercolours of the 1840 trip. (Text from 'Ruskin's Turners' Exhibition Website).

Exhibition(s):

Documentation:

Ruskin, John. Cook, E.T.. Wedderburn, Alexander. Works.p. 558

Armstrong, Walter. 1902. Turner.London?: p. 282

Finberg, A. J.. 1961. The Life of J.M.W. Turner, R.A..Oxford: p. 355

Cormack, Malcolm. 1975. J.M.W. Turner, R.A. 1775-1851; a catalogue of Drawings and Watercolours in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.Cambridge (Cambs.): Cambridge University Pressp. 67
cat. no. 40, pl. 40 (black and white)

Wilton, Andrew. 1979. The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner.London?:
no. 1362

Butlin, Martin. 1962. Turner Watercolours.London?: p. 11, 12, 54
no. 18, repr. in colour

Finberg, A. J.. 1930. In Venice with Turner.London?: p. 87, 112-13
also p. 160, repr. in colour, pl. XXI

Accession:

Object Number: 589
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
(record id: 13998; input: 2000-10-10; modified: 2010-03-25)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/13998





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