Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Bridge and a Distant Town, ?between Bologna and Forlì, with Hills Beyond

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 × 184 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14568
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 40

Catalogue entry

Finberg considered this slight view as continuous with folio 43 verso opposite (D14567; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 39a),1 although they both tail off a little towards the gutter and may show different aspects of the same bridge, or nearby scenes. There are also sketches of unidentified humpbacked bridges on the recto and folio 45 verso (D14566, D14571; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 39, 41a). The present drawing is distinguished by the towers and spires of a town in the distance.
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
Finberg 1909, I, p.518.
2
See Powell 1984, pp.89–90, 465 note 98.

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