Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Walls of Pompeii from the Salerno Road, with Vesuvius in Distance

1819

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15773
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 19 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch is too rough to be conclusively identified but it appears to depict the city walls of Pompeii seen from the south with Vesuvius in the background. Turner’s inscription may indicate that his viewpoint is the nineteenth-century road between Naples and Salerno which ran along the southern perimeter of the site.

Nicola Moorby
September 2010

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