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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner View of Molina with the Ponte del Diavolo 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Verso:
View of Molina with the Ponte del Diavolo 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 8 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This drawing disrupts the thematic continuity of Turner’s sketches of Pompeii. The subject is the town of Molina which lies in a valley (Valle Bonea) on the inland road between Naples and Salerno. Turner passed through en route to the Amalfi coast and Paestum and this study depicts the view looking south towards the sea and the town of Vietri sul Mare. The steep peak on the left is the Monte San Liberatore and in the foreground are some of the water mills (mulino) for which the town is named. In the central middle distance is the Ponte del Diavolo, an aqueduct which was destroyed by a flood in 1954. For further views of Molina see folios 9 and 32–33 (D15753 and D15797–D15799), as well as the Naples, Paestum, Rome sketchbook (Tate D15988, D15991 and D15994; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 39, 40a, 42).

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘View of Molina with the Ponte del Diavolo 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 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-view-of-molina-with-the-ponte-del-diavolo-r1138218, accessed 22 May 2024.