Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Two Sketches of the River Aniene near Rome; One with Ponte Nomentano 1819
Pencil on white wove paper, 259 x 406 mm
Inscribed by unknown hands in pencil ‘20’ bottom left, parallel with left-hand edge
This page contains two views of the River Aniene which meets the Tiber in the north-eastern outskirts of Rome. The lower vista depicts a general view of the meandering course of the river whilst the uppermost study depicts Ponte Nomentano, an ancient bridge which spans the Aniene approximately three miles north-east of the city walls, and approximately one mile upstream from the Ponte Salario. Turner’s viewpoint is from the south with the Sabine mountains in the far distance. For a general discussion and further sketches of Ponte Nomentano see folios 39 and 40 (D16127, D16128).
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856