Joseph Mallord William Turner Bay of Naples from Posillipo 1819

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Bay of Naples from Posillipo
From Naples: Rome. C. Studies Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXVII
Date 1819
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 257 x 404 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16107
Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 19
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Catalogue entry

This view of Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples is taken from the coast of Posillipo to the south-west. Visible along the shore are a number of the historic villas and palaces which characterise this part of the coast, including in the centre, the Palazzo Donn’Anna, see folio 5 (D16092), whilst in the middle distance is the city of Naples with the heights of Castel Sant’Elmo rising above the headland of Castel dell’Ovo. Turner’s viewpoint appears to be a point on the coastal road of Via Posillipo, near the villas of Roccaromana and Martinelli (near present-day Piazza San Luigi). Related views can be seen on another sheet within this sketchbook is folio 7 (D16094), and also in the Naples, Paestum, Rome sketchbook (Tate D16075; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 84). The neo-classical structure in the top right-hand corner of the composition remains unidentified, although it may be the same building which appears in another sketch (Tate D16074; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 83a). The
Technical notes:
Long detached from the Naples, Rome C. Studies sketchbook, this sheet was perhaps once folio 19 (see the concordance in the introduction).
Verso:
Not visible. Stuck down to mount.

Nicola Moorby
November 2010

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