1889 Wood Engraving Venice Italy Dogana Mare Customs Grand Canal Turner XAZ9


This is an original 1889 black and white wood engraving of the Dogana di Mare (Sea Customs Post) in the city of Venice, Italy (on the right side of the image). This was the place where arriving cargo ships would be inspected by customs officials. It is located at the entrance to the Grand Canal across for St. Mark's Square.

The artwork in this print was originally created by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) who was a Romantic landscape painter, watercolorist, and printmaker. He was born in England and is known as "the painter of light." Many consider his artwork to be the preface to the art movement known as Impressionism.


This 122+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. Minor print defect - right side. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Wood Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6.5 x 4.5 inches; 17 x 11 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This piece was illustrated by Turner, Joseph Mallord William. There is no visible artist signature.

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)

Joseph Turner was British artist who become renowned for his landscape painting. A true master, he brought landscapes into a realm of painting previously under-appreciated. Proficient in both oil and watercolor, he blended Romanticism with a style of painting similar to Impressionism, although pre-dating it. Although he never married, he did carry on a relationship with an older widow for many years. Unfortunately, despite the vibrance and chromatic appearance of many of his pieces, he did suffer from depression after the death of his father in 1829.

Keywords specific to this image: Venezia, Italia, Romanticism

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