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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Views on the Coast near Sorrento 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 38 Recto:
Views on the Coast near Sorrento 1819
D15809
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 38
Pencil on white wove paper, 189 x 113 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Sor’ within sketch of slope centre right-hand edge
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘278’ top right, ascending right-hand edge and ‘38’ top left, ascending left-hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXV 38’ top right, ascending right-hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains several sketches of views along the coast near Sorrento. The peninsula between Castellammare di Stabia and Sorrento is characterised by steep tufa cliffs and a sequence of sharp vertical headlands. The study in the bottom right-hand corner may represent the small fishing village of Marina Grande in Sorrento, see folio 60 (D15847; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 59). For further studies of the Sorrento coast see folios 61–66 verso (D15849–D15860; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 60–65a).

Nicola Moorby
November 2011

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Views on the Coast near Sorrento 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2011, 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-views-on-the-coast-near-sorrento-r1138276, accessed 08 December 2021.