Joseph Mallord William Turner

Ponte Romano, near Varzo

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 121 x 195 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16956
Turner Bequest CXCIV 37

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch appears to be the Ponte Romano, a distinctive single arch Roman bridge which spans the Diveria river south of Varzo, near Crevoladossola.1 Popularly known as the ‘New Bridge’, the crossing was built around 1300 AD to replace the previous structure erected by Augustus. Turner passed the bridge en route from the Simplon between Gondo and Domodossola. A further sketch can be seen on folio 22 (D16930).

Nicola Moorby
May 2011

1
Compare the print after C. Hullmandel, Between Crevola and Gondo, in Views to Illustrate the Route of the Simplon, London 1822, pl.XXXII.

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