Joseph Mallord William TurnerPonte Vecchio and the River End of the Uffizi, Florence 1819

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Artist
Title
Ponte Vecchio and the River End of the Uffizi, Florence
From Rome and Florence Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CXCI
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16559
Turner Bequest CXCI 41
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 41 Recto:
Ponte Vecchio and the River End of the Uffizi, Florence 1819
D16559
Turner Bequest CXCI 41
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Stamped in black ‘CXCI 41’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s viewpoint for this sketch is the river end of the Uffizi Gallery, on Lungarno Anna Maria Luisa de’Medici. The vista looks down-river (west) with the Ponte Vecchio spanning the Arno on the left, and the arcade of the Uffizi on the right. In the central foreground is a small terrace with a balustrade.1 Like many of Turner’s sketches of Florence, the drawing is very slight and swiftly executed.
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The same terrace can be seen in a later nineteenth-century print by E. Burci, Arno E Ponte Vecchio Dal Terrazzino Degli Uffizi (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence).
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Nicola Moorby
December 2010

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