Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of the Amalfi Coast, with a Distant View of Atrani and Ravello

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: 113 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15831
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 51

Catalogue entry

One of the best ways to experience the rugged scenery of the Amalfi coast is by boat and this sketch is one of a series of views which Turner drew from the sea on a journey between Salerno, Amalfi and Sorrento. His viewpoint for this study is a point to the west of the Capo d’Orso looking south-west towards distant Atrani, a small village adjacent to Amalfi which is identifiable on the far-left-hand side from the distinctive spiralling shoreline substructures beneath the Church of Santa Maria Maddalena. Above Atrani to the right is Ravello, whilst the town situated in the bay beneath Ravello is Maiori. Perched above the sea amongst the rocks to the right are a couple of the many sixteenth-century watch-towers which form a chain of defence along this part of the coast. A small part of the composition spills over onto the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 50 verso (D15831). For further sketches of the Amalfi coast see folio 47 verso (D15824).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

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