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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?Four Sketches in the Bay of Salerno 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 36 Verso:
?Four Sketches in the Bay of Salerno 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 34 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘[?West]’ underneath top sketch
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The four sketches on this page represent a series of views, possibly within the Bay of Salerno although the individual locations remain unidentified. The artist has captured the mountainous appearance of this part of the Tyrrhenian coastline. The rough, uncertain nature of the draughtsmanship suggests that they were executed from a moving carriage. Similar sketches can be seen on folios 35 verso–36 and 37 verso–38 verso (D15977–D15978 and D15981–D15983; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 33a–34 and 35a–36a)
At the bottom of the sheet is a small part of the composition from the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 37 (D15980; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 35).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘?Four Sketches in the Bay of Salerno 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 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-four-sketches-in-the-bay-of-salerno-r1137903, accessed 22 April 2021.