Joseph Mallord William Turner

Porta Napoli, Capua

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
D15624
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 34 a

Catalogue entry

As Cecilia Powell first identified, this sketch depicts a view of Capua with the Porta Napoli (Naples Gate), on the southern perimeter of the town.1 Visible beyond the gate is the dome and campanile of the Chiesa dell’Annunziata. The prospect today is still recognisable although the architecture of the gate was somewhat altered during the eighteen-thirties. Further studies of Capua can be found on folios 33–35 (D15619–D15623; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 32–34).

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

1
Powell 1984, p.424.

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