Joseph Mallord William TurnerVesuvius 1819

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From Naples, Paestum and Rome Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 66 x 113 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 25
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 26 Recto:
Vesuvius 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 25
Pencil on white wove paper, approximately 66 x 113 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘M Ves | V della Fontana’ bottom right
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘25’ bottom right, descending right-hand edge and ‘245’ top left, descending left-hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXVI 25’ bottom left, descending left-hand edge
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Despite Turner’s inscription ‘V[?ia] della Fontana’ in the bottom right-hand corner of this partial sketchbook page, the location for this view of Vesuvius is currently unidentified. It appears however to depict the gently smoking volcano and the adjacent peak of Monte Somma from hills to the west, possibly from the ascent towards Capodimonte in Naples. The drawing has been executed swiftly with energetic cross-hatched lines. Another study apparently from the same road can be found on folio 27 (D15960; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 25b).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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