Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of the Coastline at Torregaveta; and Part of a View of Lake Fusaro and Cumae, from the Hill of Torregaveta


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 122 x 197 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 81 a

Catalogue entry

The sketches on this page represent the rugged stretch of coast near Torregaveta, a village situated between Cape Misenum (Capo Miseno) and Cumae. The vista in the top right-hand corner for example depicts the view looking south along the shoreline towards the distant islands of San Martino, Procida and Ischia. The larger landscape sketch on the left represents the hill of Torregaveta, and the composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread with a view of Lake Fusaro, see folio 84 (D15721; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 82). For further studies of the area see folios 82 verso–83, 84, 85 verso, 91 verso (D15718–D15719, D15721, D15724 and D15736; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 80a–81, 82, 83a and 89a).

Nicola Moorby
June 2010

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