Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vesuvius from the Sea

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
D15861
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 66

Catalogue entry

Turner’s viewpoint for this sketch of Vesuvius was from the sea to the south, during a journey by boat along the Sorrentine peninsula. The volcano was very active during the years 1817–19, and although the artist missed seeing an eruption there was an ever-present smoke trail above the crater.

Nicola Moorby
November 2010

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