Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Lighthouse and Coast at Trieste; ?the Castello di San Giusto; Moored Boats


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 127 × 198 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXCIX 62

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, the main view is from south of Trieste’s lighthouse, looking north along the coast. Operational from 1833, it still stands on its castellated base at the southern end of the harbour, but was superseded in the 1920s by the monumental Faro della Vittoria, north of the city.1
Below to the right is a study of a boat or boats with the sails partly furled, while at the bottom left is what appears to be a thumbnail sketch with Trieste’s Castello di San Giusto and the coast to the south-west. These are part of a sequence of views in and around the Adriatic port city, made working inwards from the back of this sketchbook; see under folio 57 recto (D30109).2
See ‘Fanale – Lanterna’, Istria on the Internet, accessed 23 April 2018,
See also Powell 1995, pp.66, 81 note 18.
Technical notes:
There is staining at the top centre from the leather pencil loop secured under the rear paste-down (D30129; Turner Bequest CCXCIX 67).

Matthew Imms
September 2018

Read full Catalogue entry


You might like