Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches of the Ponte del Diavolo, Molina

1819

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15994
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 42

Catalogue entry

This page contains two sketches of Molina, a small town named after its water mills (mulino), which lies in the valley (Valle Bonea) north of Vietri sul Mare on the inland road between Naples and Salerno. The subject of the main sketch is the vista looking towards Cava de’ Tirreni from the eastern end of the Ponte del Diavolo, an aqueduct which spanned the width of the valley until it was destroyed by a flood in 1954. The smaller study in the top right-hand corner represents the view looking in the opposite direction, south towards Vietri sul Mare and the coast. The dome and bell-tower of San Giovanni Battista are silhouetted against the horizon.
For further sketches of the Ponte del Diavolo see folios 41 and 42 verso (D15988 and D15991; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 39 and 40a), and also the Pompeii, Amalfi, Sorrento, Herculaneum sketchbook (Tate D15752 and D15797–D15799; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 8a and 32–33).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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