Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a View from the Quayside, Naples, with Vesuvius and Monte Somma


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Graphite on paper
Support: 122 x 197 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 38 a

Catalogue entry

The subject of this sketch is part of a view from the quayside of the old port of Naples near Castel Nuovo. Turner’s viewpoint is standing just in front of the Church of Santa Maria di Porto Salvo looking east towards Vesuvius and Monte Somma on the other side of the bay. The buildings situated along the coastline at the foot of the mountain signify Portici. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread with the Immacolatella and the Mole lighthouse, see folio 40 (D15632; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 39).

Nicola Moorby
May 2010

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