Joseph Mallord William Turner

Santa Lucia Waterfront, Naples


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 122 x 197 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 58 c

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts a view of Santa Lucia, an historic district in Naples which stretches between the port to the Castel dell’Ovo. Turner’s prospect looks south-west along the seafront towards the headland of Castel dell’Ovo with the rocky hill of Pizzofalcone on the right. The building which lies along the summit is the military barracks of the Gran Quartiere di Pizzofalcone (present-day Caserma Nino Bixio). Situated along the quayside are two ornamental structures. On the left is a religious tabernacle, whilst to the right is the Fontana di Santa Lucia, one of the monumental Baroque fountains which could be found all along the waterfront but which today is situated in the gardens of the Villa Comunale. For more detailed studies of both see the Naples, Paestum, Rome sketchbook (Tate D16055–D16056; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 74–74a). A more detailed view of the Santa Lucia waterfront can be found on folios 61 verso–62 (D15677–D15678; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 59a–60). Compare also a near-contemporaneous drawing by Turner’s collaborator on Picturesque Views in Italy, James Hakewill (1778–1843), Naples. Sta. Lucia and the Castle dell’Ovo 1816 (British School at Rome Library).1

Nicola Moorby
June 2010

Reproduced in Tony Cubberley and Luke Herrmann, Twilight of the Grand Tour: A catalogue of the drawings by James Hakewill in the British School at Rome Library, Rome 1992, no.5.41, p.268.

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