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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Roman Aqueduct at Ars-sur-Moselle 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 79 Verso:
The Roman Aqueduct at Ars-sur-Moselle 1824
D19707
Turner Bequest CCXVI 79 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 78 x 118 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘[...] Equal to 4’ far right centre
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Rendered in slight and cursory line, these sketches show the remains of the ancient Roman Gorze aqueduct at Ars-sur-Moselle near Metz (see also Tate D19699–D19704; Turner Bequest CCXVI 75a–78). At far right Turner has inscribed ‘[...] Equal to 4’. Though the first word is illegible, the artist may well be referring to the number of arches on the aqueduct or perhaps a ratio of some sort.

Alice Rylance-Watson
April 2014

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘The Roman Aqueduct at Ars-sur-Moselle 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-roman-aqueduct-at-ars-sur-moselle-r1174496, accessed 01 March 2021.