Joseph Mallord William Turner

Amalfi from the West


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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 55

Catalogue entry

Turner explored the Amalfi coast from Salerno by boat, before arriving at Amalfi itself. This sketch shows that he disembarked at the picturesque town for at least a short time and walked to viewpoints only accessible on foot. The prospect is taken from the seafront to the west (present-day Lungomare dei Cavalieri), and looks east across the bay and harbour of Amalfi towards the Saracen watch-tower on the spur of land to the right. Visible on the slopes on the far left-hand side is the twelfth-century Capuchin convent (present-day Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi), see folio 34 verso and 45 verso (D15802 and D15820), whilst in the top left-hand corner is the Torre di Pogerola. Related studies can be seen on folios 54 verso (D15838), whilst for further views of Amalfi see folio 54 (D15837).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

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