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Turner made a series of sketches of Naples and the surrounding landscape as seen from the ascent to the summit of Vesuvius, see folio 46 verso (D15645; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 44a). The drawings on this page are on-the-spot sketches associated with that expedition. On the lower half of the sheet is a very rough outline of a view of the Gulf of Naples seen from the slopes of the volcano. In the top right-hand corner meanwhile is a study of the top of the mountain with the gently smoking crater. The building in the foreground appears to be the small hermitage on the road from Resina to the summit where travellers were able to rest and refresh themselves.1 It stood near the present-day observatory.