About this artwork

Turner concentrated on the three primary colours, yellow, red and blue in this delicate study of a Venetian fishing fleet. The title refers to the symbol of the sun on the yellow sail of the boat on the left. The domes and towers of the city itself are conveyed in faint washes, suggesting they are veiled in early morning mist, suspended between sky and water. Turner exhibited an oil painting based on this drawing entitled 'The Sun of Venice going to Sea' at the Royal Academy in 1843, which is now in Tate Britain, London.

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Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner