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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Ponte alla Carraia, with Ponte Vecchio Beyond, from the Lungarno Soderini, Florence 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 73 Verso:
Ponte alla Carraia, with Ponte Vecchio Beyond, from the Lungarno Soderini, Florence 1819
D16607
Turner Bequest CXCI 73 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘5’ on far left-hand side of foreground bridge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This view of Florence looks up-river (east) from the Lungarno Soderini on the southern bank of the Arno.1 Visible in the middle distance are the tower of the Palazzo Vecchio and the covered arches of the historic Ponte Vecchio, whilst nearest to the foreground is the Ponte Carraia. As Turner has noted within his drawing, the latter bridge has five arches spanning the river. The crossing which lies in between Ponte Carraia and Ponte Vecchio, the Ponte Santa Trinita, is largely obscured in this view but appears in a sketch of a similar vista, see folio 40 verso (D16558).

Nicola Moorby
January 2011

1
First identified by Powell 1984, p.431.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Ponte alla Carraia, with Ponte Vecchio Beyond, from the Lungarno Soderini, Florence 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2011, 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-ponte-alla-carraia-with-ponte-vecchio-beyond-from-the-r1138500, accessed 02 December 2021.