Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Sketches of Torregaveta, between Cape Misenum and Cumae

1819

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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
D15718
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 80 a

Catalogue entry

This distinctive section of coastline can be found at Torregaveta, west of Baiae and the Cape of Misenum (Capo Miseno), south of Cumae. As a near-contemporaneous drawing by the Neapolitan artist Giacinto Gigante (1806–76) shows, the spur of headland was once topped by a medieval watch-tower, one of a large number of such defenses found along the Neapolitan and Amalfi coast.1 For further sketches see folios 83–84, 85 verso, 91 verso (D15719–D15721, D15724, and D15736; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 81–82, 83a, and 89a).

Nicola Moorby
June 2010

1
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.

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