Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bridge of Augustus and the Medieval Bridge, Narni

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14782
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 66 a

Catalogue entry

Turner devoted a considerable number of sketches to the Bridge of Augustus (Ponte d’Augusto) at Narni, one of the most famous landmarks in Umbria, see folio 61 verso (D14772). This view, drawn from the eastern bank of the River Nera, depicts the single surviving arch and the remaining piers of the Roman bridge in the foreground, with the adjacent medieval bridge at Narni beyond. The latter was destroyed by Allied bombing during the Second World War. The drawing spills over slightly onto the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 67 (D14783).

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

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