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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Part of the Bridge of Augustus, Narni 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 63 Recto:
Part of the Bridge of Augustus, Narni 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXVII 63
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 186 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘63’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXVII 63’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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 sketch depicts the two northernmost supporting piers of the ruined bridge. It is a continuation of the view on the previous double-page spread, see folio 62 (D14773). Turner has folded back the preceding sheet in order to complete the length of the bridge on the underlying page.

Nicola Moorby
November 2008

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Part of the Bridge of Augustus, Narni 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-part-of-the-bridge-of-augustus-narni-r1138938, accessed 25 September 2020.