Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Views of Approaching the Ponte Felice near Borghetto


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 186 x 110 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 71

Catalogue entry

Beyond Narni, Turner’s route to Rome continued south towards the next two post stages, Otricoli and Borghetto, where the Via Flaminia crossed the River Tiber at the Ponte Felice.1 The artist made a number of swift sketches between Narni and Borghetto. The likely chronological sequence of these views within the sketchbook is folio 71 verso (D14792), 71 (D14791) and 70 verso (D14790).
This page contains three sketches drawn with the sketchbook held vertically like a notebook. Each scene depicts the approach towards the Ponte Felice and Borghetto beyond, with the furthest view at the bottom and the closest at the top. The shaky and uncertain nature of Turner’s lines suggests they were probably drawn from the moving carriage.

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

The post stage itinerary was published in Reichard’s Italy, London 1818, pp.301 and 330. See Turner’s own copy (Tate, Turner Bequest CCCLXVII).

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