Joseph Mallord William Turner

Amalfi Coast from the Sea, with Maiori


Not on display

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 52

Catalogue entry

This sketch is one of a series of studies of the Amalfi coast which Turner drew from a boat on a journey between Salerno, Amalfi and Sorrento. The subject of this view is the town of Maiori, which lies in a bay to the east of Amalfi, at the opening of the Tramonti valley. The stretch of beach is flanked on either side by two sixteenth-century watch-towers which formed part of a defensive chain along this part of the coastline. Visible near the centre of the composition is the campanile of the Church of Santa Maria a Mare, whilst on the slopes above the town to the right is the ruined castle of San Nicola Thoro Peano. For further sketches of the Amalfi coast from the sea see folio 47 verso (D15824).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

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