Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Bridge Leading to a Town on a Hill, Perhaps near Cesena or Rimini

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
D14587
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 50 a

Catalogue entry

The town on the skyline remains as yet unidentified, but was likely in the vicinity of Cesena and Rimini, recorded on adjacent pages. There is a separate thumbnail recapitulation framed by pencil lines at the bottom right.
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);1 for his overall route south-east between Bologna and Ancona, see the sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
March 2017

1
See Powell 1984, pp.89–90, 465 note 98.

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