Joseph Mallord William TurnerDistant View of Vesuvius Seen from Marechiaro 1819

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Artist
Title
Distant View of Vesuvius Seen from Marechiaro
From Naples, Paestum and Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16060
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 76 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 78 Verso:
Distant View of Vesuvius Seen from Marechiaro 1819
D16060
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 76 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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