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Turner’s viewpoint for this view of Naples is Mergellina, a small fishing village and port about a mile west of the main city between the Chiaia waterfront and Posillipo. The vista looks east across the curve of the bay of Naples towards the hill surmounted by Castel Sant’Elmo and the Certosa di San Martino. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread with Castel dell’Ovo and Vesuvius, see folio 64 verso (D16032; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 62a). Related sketches can be found on folios 66 verso–67 (D16036–D16037; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 64a–65).