Joseph Mallord William Turner

Amalfi Coast from the Sea, with the Capo d’Orso


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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 51 a

Catalogue entry

Approximately halfway along the Amalfi coast between Salerno and Positano is a rugged section of headland known as the Capo d’Orso. This sketch depicts the stretch of coastline west of that point from a boat on the sea. The Capo d’Orso is on the right, whilst on the far left-hand side is the Torre di Badia, one of the many sixteenth-century watch-towers found dotted along the sea front in this part of southern Italy. The building visible on the heights above the tower is a fifteenth-century church, the Santuario di Maria Santissima Avvocata Sopra Maiori. For further studies between Salerno and Sorrento see folios 47 verso–66 verso (D15824–D15860).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

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