Joseph Mallord William Turner

Amalfi Coast from the Sea, with Raito and Vietri sul Mare

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15827
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 49

Catalogue entry

Turner made series of sketches from a boat as it navigated the Amalfi coast from Salerno to Sorrento, see folio 47 verso (D15824). This view depicts an area to the west of Salerno with the town of Vietri sul Mare on the right, and the smaller town of Raito on the slopes to the left. Visible in the foreground are a couple of the sixteenth-century watch-towers which formed a chain of defence all along this part of the coastline, although the meaning of Turner’s accompanying written inscription is unclear. Similar studies can be seen on folios 36, 48 verso, 49 verso–50 and 58 verso (D15805, D15827, D15828–D15829 and D15906).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

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