Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of the Coastline between Pozzuoli and the Bay of Baiae

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 122 x 197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15729
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 86

Catalogue entry

This page contains studies of the coastline between Pozzuoli and the Bay of Baiae. The two vistas at the bottom and bottom right-hand corner of the page depict the rocky outcrop and grottos of Punta dell’Epitaffio between Baiae and Lake Lucrino. It is the site of some ancient ruins, traditionally believed to the place where Hercules hid the oxen of Geryon during one of his mythic Twelve Labours. The central sketch represents the castle in the Bay of Baiae, whilst above this at the top of the sheet is a view of the distant coast of Pozzuoli, the island of Nisida and the Sorrentine peninsula.

Nicola Moorby
June 2010

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