Joseph Mallord William Turner

Bridges, ?between Bologna and Forlì

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
D14566
Turner Bequest CLXXVI 39

Catalogue entry

There are sketches of unidentified humpbacked bridges with distant hills here, on the verso and on folios 44 recto and 45 verso (D14567, D14568, D14571; Turner Bequest CLXXVI 39a, 40, 41a), some at least possibly showing aspects of the same structure; the larger drawing on the present page appears to show a more substantial bridge with more arches. The two words written rather shakily at the corner may be related place names noted en route.
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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