J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Amalfi Coast from the Sea, with Raito and Vietri sul Mare 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 49 Recto:
Amalfi Coast from the Sea, with Raito and Vietri sul Mare 1819
D15827
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 49
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘[?Veitrigals]’ bottom right
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘278’ bottom right and ‘49’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXV 49’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner made series of sketches from a boat as it navigated the Amalfi coast from Salerno to Sorrento, see folio 47 verso (D15824). This view depicts an area to the west of Salerno with the town of Vietri sul Mare on the right, and the smaller town of Raito on the slopes to the left. Visible in the foreground are a couple of the sixteenth-century watch-towers which formed a chain of defence all along this part of the coastline, although the meaning of Turner’s accompanying written inscription is unclear. Similar studies can be seen on folios 36, 48 verso, 49 verso–50 and 58 verso (D15805, D15827, D15828–D15829 and D15906).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Amalfi Coast from the Sea, with Raito and Vietri sul Mare 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-amalfi-coast-from-the-sea-with-raito-and-vietri-sul-mare-r1138294, accessed 23 February 2020.