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The Bridge of Augustus at Rimini
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Bridge of Augustus at Rimini
c.1751-52 (undated)
Graphite, heightened with white on blue prepared paper laid down on contemporary card
263 x 420 mm
10 3/8 x 16 1/2 in.
PD.47-1958
D46
The Bridge of Augustus at Rimini is shown with peasants washing clothes in the foreground
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge 1976 The Fairhaven Fund: The first Quarter Century (104)
Probably bt from Wilson in 1779 by John Barnard; J. Barnard Sale, Greenwood's London, 8th Day, 24 February 1787 (31), bt Brettels 7 gns on behalf of Benjamin Booth; his son, the Revd R.S. Booth; Elizabeth Booth, sister of the latter; Marianne Ford née Booth, her sister, married to Sir Richard Ford; Richard Ford (1796-1858); their son; exchanged for etchings by Schiavone with William Esdaile in 1824; Esdaile Sale, Christie's 20 March 1838 (645- bt by Pierre Seymour for £3.15s.0d); Benjamin Pierre Seaman; given to Anne Key 1839; A.J. Mackenzie Stuart; sale, Christie's 7 March 1958 (80), bt Agnew on behalf of the Fitzwilliam Museum (Fairhaven Fund)
[1] Mount, lower right centre, manuscript: J.B.
[2] Mount, lower right centre, manuscript: WE
[1] Upper right,ink: J.B. N:o 1098. [/] 10 1/2 by 10 1/2
[2] Centre, ink: A view of the Bridge [two words inserted:] of Augustus at Rimini in Italy by Richd Wilson [/] Landscape Painter, now living in London. Ano 1779. J.B.
[3] Centre ink: Brettells gave seven Gn. for this drawing at Mr Barnard's Sale [/] in Greenwood's Rooms, Leicester Square, the 24 February 1787. BB [/] 8th Night Lt. 31
[4] Lower right, ink: Bought at Mr Esdaile's sale Clapham Common [/] and given to me by Benjn Price Seaman [/] 1839 [/] Anne Key
[5] Lower centre ink: Marianne Ford
[6] Lower left centre. ink: Exd with RF for etchings by Schiavoni
[1] Lower left centre. ink: Exd with RF
[2] Lower centre, pencil: 645
[3] Lower centre, ink: Bridge of Augustus at Rimini.Wilson.
[4] Lower centre pencil: I have the print
The Ponte d'Augusto, built by the Emperor Augustus, leads out of Rimini near the triumphal arch (also dedicated to him), across the River Marecchia, to the ancient Via Emilia linking Rimini and Bologna. In the distance is the hill of the republic of San Marino.
D41 Tate, London
D41A Private Collection, England
E38 Joseph Farington, Twelve Etchings of Views in Italy - Bridge of Augustus at Rimini, 1776
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P82 Private Collection, Yorkshire
P82A Dunedin Art Gallery, New Zealand
P82C Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Mount size: 320 x 420 mm (12 5/8 x 16 1/2 in.)
Ford 1951, p. 52 under ref. 7 and WGC, p. 213 under pl. 99a as in the Esdaile sale 1838; Constable 1962, p. 141, no. 4, fig. 2
Probably drawn in Italy on Wilson's journey from Venice to Rome
16/12/2015