Joseph Mallord William TurnerPart of a View of Naples and Vesuvius, from Montesanto 1819

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Artist
Title
Part of a View of Naples and Vesuvius, from Montesanto
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
D16007
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 48 a
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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 50 Verso:
Part of a View of Naples and Vesuvius, from Montesanto 1819
D16007
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 48 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains part of a panoramic view of Naples seen from the top of the Scala Montesanto (Montesanto Steps) on the northern slopes below Castel Sant’Elmo, near present day Corso Vittorio Emanuele. This part of the vista looks east across the roofs and domes of the city towards Vesuvius and the adjacent peak of Monte Somma. The general topography of the area has been much altered since the early nineteenth century and the buildings in the foreground appear to have been demolished during urban restructuring projects such as the building of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele and the funicular routes. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 51 (D16008; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 49).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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