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Bridge of Augustus at Rimini (from Twelve Original Views in Italy)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Joseph Farington (1747-1821) after Wilson
Bridge of Augustus at Rimini (from Twelve Original Views in Italy)
1776 (undated)
Etching
Sheet: 248 x 343 mm; plate: 184 x 257 mm
Sheet: 9 3/4 x 13 1/2 in.; plate: 7 1/4 x 10 1/8 in.
B1977.14.21011(g)
E38
Landscape with a bridge over the river in the centre. Three women are washing clothes on the bank in the foreground before woods and fences at the right, buildings at the left and a hill town in the far distance.
Tercentenary 2014 (112)
Acquired 1977
Lettered below the image:
[1] Upper left: R. Wilson del.
[2] Upper right: Jos. Farington sc.
[3] Centre: BRIDGE of AUGUSTUS at RIMINI.
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 The Bridge of Augustus at Rimini, 1751, Tate, London (T09277)
D41A The Bridge of Augustus at Rimini, 1751, Private Collection, England
D46 The Bridge of Augustus at Rimini, c.1751-52, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (PD.47-1958)
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P82 The Bridge of Augustus at Rimini, c.1758-59, Private Collection, Yorkshire
P82A The Bridge of Augustus at Rimini c.1758-59, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand (7-1947)
P82C Ascribed to Wilson, Bridge of Augustus at Rimini, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford (WA1931.1)
The engraving differs in detail from any known painting of the subject and was probably made directly from a drawing. Twelve Original Views in Italy was published by John Boydell as a compilation of etchings by different printmakers, produced over a number of years, after Wilson's drawings. Two of the etchers, Farington and Hodges, were Wilson's pupils. Farington executed this and one other in the series - E39 In the Strada Nomentana Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven and other impressions.
Object ID: 49690
Booth Notes Doc. 7; Edwards 1808, p. 88; WGC, p. 212 under pl. 99a; Wilson and Europe 2014, p. 291
State before publicatioin line. Bound with eleven other 'original views' in an old leather binding with 'Views of Rome' imprinted on the spine but lacking a title page. Spine of the binding: 254 mm (10 in.)