Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of the Coastline near the Bay of Baiae, Including Torregaveta and Lake Fusaro; and Two Figures

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 122 x 197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15736
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 89 a

Catalogue entry

The three landscape sketches on this page appear to represent views of the coastline between the Bay of Baiae and Cumae. The uppermost drawing depicts the watch-tower at Torregaveta, seen from Lake Fusaro, a stretch of water south of Cumae which is separated from the sea by a narrow stretch of coastline.1 The central vista meanwhile depicts Lake Fusaro from the hill of Torregaveta with the sea on the left and the lake in the centre. Turner made a copy of a similar view after John ‘Warwick’ Smith (1749–1831) in his Italian Guide Book sketchbook (Tate D13969; Turner Bequest CLXXII 20a). For related sketches see folios 82 verso–84, 85 verso (D15718–D15721, D15724; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 80a–82, 83a).
In the top right-hand corner of the page, parallel with the right-hand edge, are two rough figure studies.

Nicola Moorby
June 2010

1
Compare a drawing by Giacinto Gigante, Veduta della spiaggia di Cuma da Torregaveta (Certosa di San Martino, Naples), reproduced at http://www.civita.it/servizio/sala_stampa/il_reale_sito_del_fusaro_tra_cielo_e_mare, accessed June 2010. Also an engraving of ‘Il Fusaro’ in Bartolomeo Pinelli, Nuova Raccolta di Ventiquatrro Vedute de’Contorni di Napoli, Rome 1823.

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