Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Ruined Bridge over the River Ronco near Forlì

1819

In Tate Britain

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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
D14579
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 45 a

Catalogue entry

The two drawings here and those on folio 50 recto opposite (D14580; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 46) appear to show various aspects of a ruined bridge, here labelled ‘Roncho’ (sic), which presumably spanned the Ronco between Forlì and Forlimpopoli (see under folios 44 verso and 46 recto respectively; D14569, D14572; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 40a, 42), on Turner’s south-eastwards route, where a modern bridge now carries the road. Turner presumably crossed the river nearby by other means.
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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