Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Tabernacle on the Santa Lucia Quayside, Naples


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Graphite on paper
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 74

Catalogue entry

Like many British tourists in Italy during the nineteenth century, Turner was fascinated by the colourful, exotic spectacle of Roman Catholicism prevalent throughout the country.1 Comparison with a sketch in the Gandolfo to Naples sketchbook (Tate D15675; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 58C), reveals that the subject of this study is a religious tabernacle which stood on the quayside in the Santa Lucia district of Naples near the Fontana di Santa Lucia. There appears to a religious procession carrying devotional standards in front of the object. For further sketches of the waterfront see folios 75 verso and 76 verso (D16054 and D16056; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 73a and 74a).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

See Cecilia Powell, Italy in the Age of Turner: “The Garden of the World”, exhibition catalogue, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London 1998, pp.48–55.

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