Joseph Mallord William TurnerMergellina and the Posillipo Hill from Villa Reale, Naples 1819

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Title
Mergellina and the Posillipo Hill from Villa Reale, Naples
From Pompeii, Amalfi, &c., Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXV
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
D15864
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 67 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 68 Verso:
Mergellina and the Posillipo Hill from Villa Reale, Naples 1819
D15864
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 67 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch depicts the view looking west towards Mergellina and the Posillipo Hill from Villa Reale (present-day Villa Comunale park), a promenade on the Chiaia waterfront in Naples, see folio 68 (D15863; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 67). In the middle distance to the right can be seen a building with a dome, the Church of Santa Maria di Piedigrotta, and the vast cavernous opening of the Grotto of Posillipo beyond. Visible on the slopes of the hill to the left, meanwhile is the Church of Sant’Antonio which lies near the so-called Tomb of Virgil. Turner made the ascent of the hill to visit the tomb and to sketch the panoramic vista from the top, see folios 69–71 verso (D15904–D15868; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 90–69a).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

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