'Venice' 1840

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 - 1851)

Watercolour on paper, 22.2 x 32.3cm

This is one of a number of the limpid aquatic views of Venice from the so-called 'Roll Sketchbook' of 1840. These works perfectly reveal Turner|'s great skill in old age as a watercolourist. Painted wet-on-wet, with paint removed by using a sponge and scratching, the final surface marks are quickly applied red penstrokes.

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