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The Bridge of Augustus at Rimini
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Ascribed to Wilson
The Bridge of Augustus at Rimini
Oil on canvas
40 x 71 cm
15 3/4 x 27 15/16 in.
The river is the Marecchia and the bridge is the Ponte d'Augusto at Rimini. In the distance is the hill of the Republic of San Marino. The bridge, with two buildings at one end to the left, spans the centre of the composition, the river extending from it to fill most of the left foreground. Above its banks at the left, in shadow, some buildings are seen. In the right foreground, is a shelving beach in sunlight, on which two women and a kneeling man handle some washing. To the left another kneeling figure washes linen in the river. A dense clump of trees stands on the right. Beyond the bridge rises a low ridge, with a hill in the background.
Presented by Sir Michael Sadler in memory of Lady Sadler through the National Art Collections Fund, 1931
Unsigned; no inscription
[1] The property of ME and ME [?] Sadler [/] Leeds
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.Commenced in AD13, a year before the emperor's death, it was completed later by his successor, Tiberius. With five arches, it was built of white Istrian limestone.
D41 Tate, London
D41A Private Collection, England
D46 Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
E38 Joseph Farington, Twelve Etchings of Views in Italy - Bridge of Augustus at Rimini, 1776
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A variant (with less sky and with additional figures) of the signed canvas and the same width was bought by a St Quintin of Scampston Hall in 1759. Like other versions this is based on drawings made on the spot between 1753 and 1757.
WGC, p. 212 under pl. 99a (version 5); The Ashmolean Museum: Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings, 2004, p. 245, repr.
A picture of the same subject was one of four entered in the Brettingham account book at Holkham Hall before 1754.