This drawing is an example of the technical and investigative qualities of Ruskin's drawings. He used drawings like this to highlight the beauty of medieval architecture and detail. They functioned as documents of buildings that were unnoticed in his own time and were being ruined through neglect or alteration. This work was previously known as 'Details of a Venetian Palace above the Rialto, and 'Ca' da Mosto'.

  • Presented by Mrs Arthur Severn, 1902.
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery


Association Artist Organisation
Artist John Ruskin -


Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
Two beautiful birds / & one animal eating another // Bird / with open / wings at top // Broken & / stained / plaster // Birds together // Birds together / All rounds / round edged // Green shuttering // Plaster // white board projecting // beam of dark brownish wood // SOTTOPORTICO DEL TRAGHETTO // All bricks / down to / wooden quay // The rolls far [?] off show like joints
Inscription - Handwritten - Inscriptions run from top l-r, middle l-r and bottom l-r. In Ruskin's handwriting.. In pencil.
The rolls . torn (?) off . show like joints [CHECK INSCRIPTION]
- - - - Pencil


Catalogue No. Venue Date(s)
Ruskin Exhibition
220 Royal Society of Painters in Water Colour, London 1901-02-04 - 1901-03-02
Ruskin Watercolours and Drawings
13 Arts Council of Great Britain 1954 - 1954
English Eye II
31 Midlands Federation Travelling Exhibition 1958 - 1958
Venice and the Age of Romanticism
115 Correr Museum, Venice 1984-03-18 - 1983-12-17
Ruskin and The English Watercolour: From Turner to the Pre-Raphaelites
14 Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester 1989-04-06 - 1989-05-13
14 Holburne Museum and Craft Centre, Bath 1989-05-26 - 1989-07-30
14 Bankside Gallery, London 1989-08-10 - 1989-09-10
14 Milan, Italy 1999-05 - -
Paesaggi di Artisti Britannici in Italia: Acquerelli del XVIII e XIX secolo della Collectione dei Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
- Galleria D'Arte Moderna, Villa Reale, Milan, Italy 1999-05-20 - 1999-06-20


Author(s) Date(s) Publisher Pages
Works of Ruskin, XXXVIII, Catalogue of Drawings
Alexander Wedderburn, E T Cook 1912 George Allen, London p. 296, no. 1902
Looking at Architecture with Ruskin
John Unrau 1978 Thames and Hudson repr. pl. 10
Venice and the Age of Romanticism
1983 Correr Museum, Venice p. 109; repr. p. 109
Ruskin in Venice
Robert Hewison 1983 The British Centre, Venice p.29, pl. 15
Venice: An Illustrated Anthology
Michael Marqusee 1988 Conran Octopus, London repr. p. 119
Ruskin and The English Watercolour: From Turner to the Pre-Raphaelites
1989 Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester p. 14


Artist's own collection until his death; his cousin Mrs. Arthur Severn (née Joan Agnew).

Associated places

Name Type
Palazzo da Mosto, Venice, Italy Depicted

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