Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a View of Castel dell’Ovo, Naples, from the Chiaia Waterfront

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 122 x 197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15636
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 40 b

Catalogue entry

Turner made numerous sketches of the bustle of shipping and human activity which could be observed along the Neapolitan seafront. This sketch depicts part of a view looking east from the Largo della Vittoria on the long straight stretch of the Chiaia waterfront (near present-day Piazza della Vittoria). There are a large number of figures at the water’s edge, and the Sorrentine peninsula can be seen along the distant horizon. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, with the Castel dell’Ovo and the Pizzofalcone Hill, see folio 41 verso (D15635; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 40a).

Nicola Moorby
May 2010

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