Joseph Mallord William Turner
Distant View of Vesuvius Seen from Marechiaro 1819

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Distant View of Vesuvius Seen from Marechiaro
From Naples, Paestum and Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI
Date 1819
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 113 x 189 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 76 a
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The small village of Marechiaro lies on the Posillipo coastline to the west of Naples. This sketch is taken from the rocky shoreline looking east towards distant Vesuvius. The pointed bell-tower in the centre of the composition represents the Church of Santa Maria del Faro but the building on the cliffs to the left is currently unidentified.

Nicola Moorby
August 2010

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