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The nineteenth-century road between Naples and Salerno entered the Lattari mountains at Nocera and emerged on the Amalfi coast at Vietri sul Mare. Turner’s viewpoint for the main sketch on this page appears to be this road going south as it skirts the lower eastern flank of the Valle Bonea at Molina (present day Via Roma / Enrico de Marinis). In the middle distance on the left is the dome and bell-tower of the seventeenth-century Church of San Giovanni Battista in Vietri sul Mare, with the sea and the Tyrrhenian coastline beyond. For related vistas see folio 43 verso (D15993; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 41a) and the Pompeii, Amalfi, Sorrento, Herculaneum sketchbook (Tate D15752 and D15798–D15799; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 8a and 32a–33).1
The smaller study in the top right-hand corner depicts the view looking down the valley in the opposite direction towards the Ponte del Diavolo, an aqueduct at Molina which was destroyed in a flood in 1954, see folio 42 verso (D15991; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 40a).
Compare also a print after James Duffield Harding (1798–1863), View of Vietri 1832 (British Museum), reproduced at http://www
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