Joseph Mallord William Turner

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


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 122 x 197 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

Compare a drawing by Giacinto Gigante, Veduta della spiaggia di Cuma da Torregaveta (Certosa di San Martino, Naples), reproduced at, 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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