Joseph Mallord William Turner

Naples from the Sea, with Castel dell’Ovo and Pizzofalcone

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15923
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 8 c

Catalogue entry

This swift outline sketch represents a view of Naples from the sea to the east. Visible in the centre of the shoreline is the headland of Castel dell’Ovo (Castle of the Egg) and the hill of Pizzofalcone, rising to the Certosa di San Martino and the Castel Sant’Elmo on the heights above to the right. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 9 (D15924). For more detailed studies of a similar view see folios 5 verso–7 and 9 verso–10 (D15917–D15919 and D15925–D15926).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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