Turner Bequest CCLXXX 167
Inscribed by ?Robert Wallis in pencil ‘1’ through ‘16’ (right to left) along bottom edge against sixteen pricked points. Also ruled pencil lines on all four sides of the vignette
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXX 167’ bottom right
When on the quays along the Syrian coast,
’Twas asked and eagerly, at break of dawn,
What ships are from Amalfi?’ when her coins,
Silver and gold, circled from clime to clime;
From Alexandria southward to Sennaar,
And eastward, thro’ Damascus and Cabul
And Samarcand, to thy great wall, CATHAY.
Then were the nations by her wisdom swayed;
And every crime on every sea was judged
According to her judgements.
Under the shore, a few white villages,
Scattered above, below, some in the clouds,
Some on the margin of the dark blue sea,
And glittering thro’ their lemon-groves, anounce
The region of Amalfi. Then, half-fallen,
A lonely watch-tower on the precipice,
Their ancient land-mark, comes. Long may it last;
And to the seaman in a distant age,
Tho’ now he little thinks how large his debt,
Serve for their monument!
The inscribed and punctured numbers along the edges would also have been part of this exercise.
?Blank [partially obscured because the sheet is pasted to mount on 2 sides]
Inscribed by unknown hands in pencil ‘
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXX 167’ centre
How to cite
Meredith Gamer, ‘Amalfi, for Rogers’s ‘Italy’ c.1826–7 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2006, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www