Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Landscapes Including a View of the Bay of Gaeta from Formia


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 122 × 197 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 27 a

Catalogue entry

After the town of Itri, the Via Appia rejoins the Tyrrhenian coast at Formia, which until the late nineteenth century was known as Mola di Gaeta. This sketch depicts a view looking south from Formia to the distant headland of the Bay of Gaeta. Turner’s viewpoint here may be the Villa Rubina, the remains of a Roman residence popularly known as the Villa of Cicero, see folio 29 (D15611; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 28). The area had further associations with the Roman orator. A ruined monument believed to be his tomb can be found on the Via Appia just outside of Formia, see the Vatican Fragments sketchbook (Tate D15160; Turner Bequest CLXXX 28a).
The landscape view of a town amidst mountains in the top left-hand corner is currently unidentified.

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

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