Joseph Mallord William Turner, Thomas Girtin

View over a Promontory near Naples


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Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 303 x 486 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 17

Catalogue entry

Probably commissioned by Dr Thomas Monro
Monro’s posthumous sale, Christie’s, London, 26–28 June and 1–2 July 1833 (day and lot number not known)
Bought by or on behalf of Turner
The pencil work is by Girtin. This was copied from a sketch or watercolour perhaps by John Robert Cozens (1752–1797). The identification of the subject in the inscription on the verso, though probably contemporary, seems to be erroneous, since Capua is an inland town. The view appears to be of the coast south of Naples coast, perhaps near Pozzuoli, with the islands of Ischia and Anacapri in the distance.
Inscribed, possibly by Thomas Girtin, in pencil ‘at Capua’ and in a later hand ‘No 24’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram. The same type of inscription occurs on the verso of Tate D36558 (Turner Bequest CCCLXXV 37).

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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