About this artwork

A violent storm bears down upon Venice, viewed from across the Lagoon, while a steamship ploughs through the choppy waves. Turner was captivated by the city’s isolated island setting, shown here illuminated against expanses of dark water. Despite his long-standing interest in steam technology, this is the only Venetian work in which Turner includes a steamer, which may be the boat to Trieste. He dabbed paint on with his fingers to create the trail of black smoke and his fingerprints are just visible on the surface of the watercolour.

Updated December 2022

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Venice from the Lagoon
  • date created:
    About 1840
  • materials:
    Watercolour, gouache and pen and ink, with scraping out on paper
  • measurements:
    22.10 x 32.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900
  • accession number:
    D NG 872
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • artwork photographed by:
    Antonia Reeve
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Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner