Joseph Mallord William TurnerDistant View of Vesuvius, from Via Posillipo 1819

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Title
Distant View of Vesuvius, from Via Posillipo
From Gandolfo to Naples Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 122 x 197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15669
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 56 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 58 Verso:
Distant View of Vesuvius, from Via Posillipo 1819
D15669
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 56 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 122 x 197 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of this sketch is Vesuvius (and Monte Somma) and part of the Sorrentine peninsula, seen from the Via Posillipo, a new road built during the early nineteenth century which stretched between Mergellina and the Capo di Posillipo. Some of the arches which supported the road within the steep tufa cliffs can be seen on the far left-hand side. Turner’s viewpoint appears to be looking east from a small villa, one of a number built along this part of the coast. The headland of Castel dell’Ovo in Naples is also visible in the distance on the left. A small plume of smoke rises from the crater of the volcano. For further views from the Via Posillipo see the Naples, Paestum, Rome sketchbook (Tate D16070–D16077; Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 81a–85) and the Naples: Rome C. Studies sketchbook (Tate D16094–D16096, D16106; Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 7–9, 18).

Nicola Moorby
May 2010

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