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Turner made a thorough exploration of the picturesque landscape of Posillipo to the west of Naples and his viewpoint for this sketch is the new coastal road, the Via Posillipo, built during the early nineteenth century on the orders of Joachim Murat, the King of Naples. The road stands directly above a small inlet cove and there is cave in the rock by the water’s edge. The building in the bottom left-hand corner is the Villa Martinelli (formerly also known as the Villa Cappella), one of a number of seventeenth and eighteenth-century villas which were built along Posillipo coastline.1 The prospect looks south from the cliff side towards the distant island of Capri, silhouetted against the horizon.
The same villa appears in a drawing by Achille Vianelli (1803–1894) dated circa 1820 (Museo di Capodimonte, Naples), reproduced on-line at http://museodicapodimonte
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