Joseph Mallord William Turner

Views from the Sea near the Sorrentine Coast, including Vesuvius and a Sunset over Sorrento

1819

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 189 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15860
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 65 a

Catalogue entry

This sequence of sketches represents views from the sea of the Sorrentine coast. The uppermost scene depicts a prospect looking north towards Castellammare di Stabia with Vesuvius beyond. In the centre is part of the rocky shoreline with one of the many historic watch-towers situated at intervals all along the waterfront, whilst the bottom drawing shows the sun setting over distant Sorrento. Further views of the peninsula can be seen on folios 60–66 (D15847–D15859; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 59–65)

Nicola Moorby
November 2010

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