Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a View of the Bay of Baiae from the Punta dell’Epitaffio


In Tate Britain

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 122 × 197 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 85

Catalogue entry

Turner made several sketches of the picturesque Bay of Baiae, an ancient Roman bathing resort situated on the coast approximately ten miles west of Naples. This study is part of a panoramic view taken from near the Punta dell’Epitaffio, a rocky outcrop on the coast near Lake Lucrino depicted in the left-hand foreground. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 86 verso (D15726; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 84a), but this side shows the vista looking east towards the island of Nisida and the Sorrentine peninsula beyond.
For another view of the Punta dell’Epitaffio see folio 87 verso (D15728; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 85a).

Nicola Moorby
June 2010

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