Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of the Bay of Gaeta from Porto Caposele, Formia


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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

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. The arched structures in the central foreground represent the Porto Caposele, the remains of an ancient Roman port, which stand near the Villa Rubina, popularly known as the Villa of Cicero. A related vista can be seen on folio 28 verso (D15610; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 27a).
The far left-hand side of the page contains a small part of the landscape view from the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 27 verso (D15608; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 26a).

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

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