Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a View of Castel dell’Ovo and Vesuvius from Villa Reale, Naples


Not on display
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 66 a

Catalogue entry

The details on this page represent part of a view of Naples seen from the Villa Reale (present-day Villa Comunale), an eighteenth-century park and royal promenade on the Chiaia waterfront in Naples. The sculptural figures at the centre of this sketch represent one of the fountains in the park, whilst visible beyond is a statue of a herm.1 The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 68 (D15863; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 67).
Further views of the Villa Reale can be seen in the Gandolfo to Naples sketchbook (Tate D15656–D15657; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 50–50a) and the Naples, Paestum, Rome sketchbook (Tate D16015; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 52a).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

For example see the mythological group on a nineteenth-century fountain reproduced in Leone Gasparini, Antiche Fontane di Napoli, Naples 1979, p.28, fig.66.

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