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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Landscape with a bridge, ?near Recanati 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
Landscape with a bridge, ?near Recanati 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 4
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 186 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘4’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXVII 4’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
After a sustained period of travel along the east coast from Rimini, Turner’s route towards Rome turned inland at Ancona and began to follow a south-westerly course towards the Apennine Mountains. The location of this sketch remains unidentified but it probably depicts a view amidst the hills in the countryside between Ancona and Macerata. The rustic bridge in the foreground may be a crossing of the River Potenza near the post stage of Sambucheto, whilst the hill town in the distance on the right may be Recanati. Two figures can be seen at the water’s edge in the central foreground.

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Landscape with a bridge, ?near Recanati 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2008, 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-landscape-with-a-bridge-near-recanati-r1138821, accessed 30 May 2024.