J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Isola Tiberina, Rome, with the Ponte Cestio and Ponte Fabricius 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Recto:
Isola Tiberina, Rome, with the Ponte Cestio and Ponte Fabricius 1819
D16489
Turner Bequest CXCI 3
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Stamped in black ‘CXCI 3’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner made a large number of drawings with the River Tiber as the central focus. This sketch shows the Isola Tiberina, an island in the middle of the Tiber, linked to the rest of the city by two bridges. On the right is the Ponte Cestio, which connects the island with the Trastevere district on the west and on the left is the Ponte Fabricius, the oldest surviving bridge in Rome (also known as the Ponte Quattro Capi), which crosses towards the Jewish ghetto and the Capitoline Hill. Turner’s viewpoint looks downstream from the northern bank of the river, at a point near the eastern tip of the island. For other sketches see folio 2 (D16488).
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Nicola Moorby
February 2009

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Isola Tiberina, Rome, with the Ponte Cestio and Ponte Fabricius 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-isola-tiberina-rome-with-the-ponte-cestio-and-ponte-r1138382, accessed 19 May 2022.