Joseph Mallord William TurnerNaples from the Sea, with Castel Sant'Elmo and Castel Nuovo 1819

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Artist
Title
Naples from the Sea, with Castel Sant'Elmo and Castel Nuovo
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
D15926
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 10
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Recto:
Naples from the Sea, with Castel Sant’Elmo and Castel Nuovo 1819
D15926
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 10
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘10’ top right and ‘245’ bottom left
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXVI 10’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As Finberg first identified, the sequence of sketches on folios 3 verso–12 (D15913–D15919 and D15922–D15930) represents detailed panoramic views of Naples drawn from the sea, perhaps dating from the outward or return trip to Paestum and the Amalfi coast which Turner undertook during his sojourn in the city.1 This study depicts a view of the waterfront from the south-east between Santa Lucia and the old port. The details are rather faint but it is just possible to make out along the shoreline the long façade of the Palazzo Reale and the Castel Nuovo with the Mole extending into the sea in front. Rising above the coast on the left-hand side is the hill surmounted by Castel Sant’Elmo and the Certosa di San Martino, whilst to the right is Capodimonte. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 9 verso (D15925).
Also inverted on this page is a rough, outline drawing of an unidentified landscape view.

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

1
Finberg 1909, p.551.

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