This page contains several studies taken from a boat along the coast near Sorrento. The scene at the top appears to depict the village of Marina Grande at Sorrento with Vesuvius in the background to the north.1 The same location can be seen on folio 60 (D15847; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 59). Second and third from the top are related views of the coastline between Alimuri and Sorrento which shows the steep tufa cliffs and the Lattari Mountains beyond. As Turner’s inscriptions indicate the remaining drawings at the bottom of the page represent the view looking in the opposite direction north and west across the Bay of Naples. The three studies form a continuous sequence from Vesuvius to Naples with Capodimonte and the hill of Castel Sant’Elmo, and ending in the Posillipo Hill and the islands of Procida and Ischia.
Compare a watercolour by James Baker Pyne (1800–1879), Marina Grande, Sorrento 1858, see Victorian and British Impressionist Pictures, Christie’s, London, 17 November 2010, lot 27, reproduced in colour.
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