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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The Basilica of Pozzano, with Castellamare in the Distance 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 39 Recto:
The Basilica of Pozzano, with Castellamare in the Distance 1819
D15811
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 39
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘278’ bottom right and ‘39’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXV 39’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The focal point for this sketch is the Basilica of Pozzano, a church also known as the Santuario della Madonna di Pozzano which is located on the Pozzano Hill, part of the Sorrentine peninsula, south-west of Castellammare di Stabia (formerly Castellamare). The church, with its distinctive square campanile, is believed to be named after the historic discovery by some fishermen of a painting of the Virgin hidden in a well. Turner’s viewpoint is from the west and visible in the distance is the town and bay of Castellammare. Further views can be seen on folios 38 verso and 61 (D15810 and D15849).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘The Basilica of Pozzano, with Castellamare in the Distance 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-the-basilica-of-pozzano-with-castellamare-in-the-distance-r1138278, accessed 30 November 2021.