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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Part of a View of the Bay of Gaeta from Formia 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 26 Verso:
Part of a View of the Bay of Gaeta from Formia 1819
D15606
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 25 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 122 x 197 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains part of a panoramic view of the Bay of Gaeta on the Tyrrhenian coast, seen from Formia (formerly known as Mola di Gaeta). The bay sweeps round in a great curve towards the headland of Gaeta and the round, so-called mausoleum of Munatius Plancus, also known as the Torre d’Orlando. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 27 (D15607; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 26), and a further related view can be found in the Naples, Paestum, Rome sketchbook (Tate D15947; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 19c).
As a young man, Turner had made a watercolour copy of a view of Gaeta by another artist, see Dr Monro’s Album of Italian Views (Tate D36469; Turner Bequest CCCLXXIII 56).

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Part of a View of the Bay of Gaeta from Formia 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-part-of-a-view-of-the-bay-of-gaeta-from-formia-r1138068, accessed 17 May 2022.