Joseph Mallord William Turner Naples from Capodimonte 1819

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Naples from Capodimonte
From Naples: Rome. C. Studies Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXVII
Date 1819
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 255 x 403 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 23
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Catalogue entry

This faint pencil study depicts the view looking south from a point on Capodimonte, a hill to the north of Naples dominated by an eighteenth-century royal palace (the Reggia di Capodimonte), built for the Bourbon King, Charles III. Turner has roughly outlined the topography of the cityscape spread before him, including the lighthouse of the Mole on the left, to the hill rising on the right, with the fortress of Castel Sant’Elmo and the Certosa (Charterhouse) of San Martino. Just visible in the distance is the silhouette outline of the island of Capri and the Sorrentine peninsula. A more detailed record of a similar prospect can be found on folio 22 (D16110) whilst a wider vista can be seen on folio 22 verso (D41406).
Blank, save for being stamped in black ‘CLXXXVII 23’ bottom left.

Nicola Moorby
May 2010

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