Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of the Coast Between Sorrento and Vico Equense


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 189 × 113 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 64 a

Catalogue entry

Turner made a sequence of sketches of the Sorrentine peninsula from the sea. The studies on this page are all views of the coast between Sorrento and Vico Equense. The uppermost drawing depicts Alimuri from the Punta Scutolo, whilst the two sketches below depict a tower on the Punta Scutolo. The two lower scenes represent Vico Equense seen from the west with the cathedral at the edge of the cliffs near the centre and the historic watch-tower on the beach to the right below. Visible amidst the hills in the distance is the monastery of San Francesco. For related views of Vico Equense see folios 61 verso–63 verso and 66 (D15850–D15854 and D15859; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 60a–62a and 65).

Nicola Moorby
November 2010

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