Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vesuvius and the Sorrentine Peninsula from Via Posillipo

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 253 x 403 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16106
Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 18

Display caption

Turner visited Naples in 1819. The great prospect of the Bay of Naples, culminating in the peak of Vesuvius, was one of the most famous views in Europe. Turner's Neapolitan watercolours, like his Venetian subjects of the same year, show his mature appreciation of the watercolour medium as he confronted the shimmering radiance of Italian light.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

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