Turner's watercolour of The Rio di San Luca in Venice, with the Palazzo Grimani and the Church of San Luca. Turner pays particular attention to the building in the middle, with the side buidings and human figures being more sketchy.
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Venice: The Rio di San Luca, with the Palazzo Grimani and the Church of San Luca
19.4 x 28.2 cm
Watercolour on paper
Date of work
Original: Watercolour on paper 19.4 x 28.2 cm ® Tate, London
Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in London; he remained a Londoner and kept a Cockney accent all his life despite dominating British landscape painting throughout the first half of the 19th century. He established a reputation in the Royal Academy, first as a topographical watercolourist and then within a few years as a painter of sublime and historical landscapes. From the mid-1790s he settled on the routine he maintained for much of his life: touring in summer and working in the studio in the winter months. He opened his own gallery and had many patrons and admirers as well as detractors. After his death a large body of his works in oil and watercolour was given to the British nation, with many on show at Tate Britain.