Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Bridge and Buildings on an Eminence, Possibly Including One of Bologna’s City Gates

1819

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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
D14541
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 26 g

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the view includes slight indications of a bridge with a fortified tower or gateway beyond. The subject is as yet not established, but may have been on the outskirts of Bologna, since much developed, with one of the city’s gates. For general remarks on Bologna and Turner’s numerous identified views on adjacent pages, see under folio 24 recto (D14532).
Finberg noted of the pages he designated Turner Bequest CLXXVI 26a–h (D14535D14542): ‘The following four leaves were found loose, but appear to belong here.’1 Their presence as now bound at this stage of the sketchbook affects its foliation sequence compared to Finberg’s numbering; see the concordance in the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
Finberg 1909, I, p.517.

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