About this artwork

The city is indistinctly silhouetted on the horizon and a violent storm is about to engulf it. This is Turner’s only Venetian work in which he includes a steamer. To create the effect of the broken trail of steam rising from the boat, the artist dabbed the paint. His fingerprints are just visible on the surface of the watercolour. Steamships appear in a number of Turner’s paintings; in all of these works he chronicles rather than condemns the advance of modern travel and technology.

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Venice from the Laguna
  • date created:
    About 1835
  • 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:
    View by Appointment
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner