Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of the Amalfi Coast from the Sea, including Cetara, and Part of a View of Salerno


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 48

Catalogue entry

This page contains multiple sketches relating to the rugged stretch of coast between Salerno and Amalfi. Turner’s viewpoint is from a boat out to sea and this explains the rapidity and sequence of views as one scene is quickly succeeded by another. The study across the bottom of the sheet represents Cetara, a small town west of Vietri sul Mare, whilst above this is part of a composition depicting the Bay of Salerno which continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 47 verso (D15824). The group of images at the top meanwhile depicts one or more of the sixteenth-century watch-towers (also known as the Torri Saracena or Saracen Towers) which lie at intervals all along this part of the Amalfi coast. Further sketches documenting the sea journey from Salerno to Sorrento can be found on folios 47 verso–67 (D15824–D15861).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

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