Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Ponte Vecchio, Florence; ?Vignette Study for Rogers’s ‘Italy’

c.1826–7

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 191 x 243 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D27612
Turner Bequest CCLXXX 95

Display caption

This delicately coloured drawing is an unused design for one of the oblong vignettes illustrating Samuel Rogers's poem 'Italy'. A very different view was used in the illustrated edition published in 1838. The vignettes were intended to distill the essence of the places described, and of Italy itself. Here, Turner provided a compressed view of some of the main buildings of Florence, including the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi, and, with light but incisive applications of wash, suggests vivid effects of sunlight and shadow.

Gallery label, September 2004

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