Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Arch of Augustus at Rimini

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 184 x 111 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14597
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 56

Catalogue entry

The inner half is a cursory continuation of the horizontal full-page view south-east towards the Arch of Augustus at Rimini on folio 59 verso opposite (D14596; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 55a).
With the page turned vertically, in the outer half the arch is seen in the other direction. None of the surrounding buildings survive, and the bridge in the foreground, now at the end of Via XX Settembre 1870, has been rebuilt as the Ponte Andre Ripa. James Hamilton has noted the ‘great care’ with which Turner recorded the city’s Roman remains;1 for other more detailed views, see under folio 57 verso (D14592; CLXXVI 53a).
Cecilia Powell has commented on the relatively uneventful phase of Turner’s journey between leaving Bologna and reaching Rimini (folios 43 recto–60 verso; D14566–D14598; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 39a–56a);2 for his overall route south-east between Bologna and Ancona, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Hamilton 2009, p.42; see also Hamilton 2008, p.44.
2
See Powell 1984, pp.89–90, 465 note 98.

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