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The Grand Canal by the Salute, Venice About 1840

Not on display

Echoes of Turner's interest in architectural drawing as a young artist are found in this late work, which celebrates the unique atmospheric qualities of Venice. Details in pen and ink define the seventeenth-century church of Santa Maria della Salute which appears through a fine haze, evocative of bright sunlight reflecting off the white marble walls and the water of the Grand Canal. This drawing is characteristic of the work Turner produced during his third and final visit to Venice in 1840.

Glossary Open


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.



  • Acc. No. D NG 888
  • Medium Watercolour, bodycolour and pen and ink on paper
  • Size 22.20 x 32.20 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900