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The Sun of Venice About 1840

Not on display

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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Royal Academy

An independent institution founded in 1768 with Sir Joshua Reynolds as its first president. It is governed by the Royal Academicians - leading painters, sculptors, printmakers and architects, which number no more than 80 at one time. It organises exhibitions at its London galleries, including an annual Summer Exhibition.


A transparent layer of diluted ink or watercolour.

Royal Academy, Wash


  • Acc. No. D NG 875
  • Medium Watercolour on paper
  • Size 21.90 x 32.00 cm
  • Credit Henry Vaughan Bequest 1900