Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Medieval and Roman Bridges, Narni

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: 110 x 186 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D14785
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 68

Catalogue entry

Turner devoted a considerable number of sketches to the Roman Bridge of Augustus (Ponte d’Augusto) at Narni, one of the most famous landmarks in Umbria, see folio 61 verso (D14772). This view is a study of surviving piers of the bridge with the adjacent medieval bridge in the background beyond. Turner has sketched the outline of the central column so that it appears transparent.
The position of the sun in the sky indicates that the sketch was taken in the morning, when the sun was climbing from the east.

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

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