Joseph Mallord William TurnerView from the Camaldoli Hill, Looking West Towards Gaeta 1819

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Artist
Title
View from the Camaldoli Hill, Looking West Towards Gaeta
From Pompeii, Amalfi, &c., Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXXXV
Date 1819
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 113 x 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15872
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 71 a
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 73 Verso:
View from the Camaldoli Hill, Looking West Towards Gaeta 1819
D15872
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 71 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Monk’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sketch is one of a series of panoramic views drawn from the hill of Camaldoli, the highest point in Naples and the surrounding area. The study depicts the vista looking west towards the Tyrrhenian coastline and the distant headland of Gaeta. A similar view can be seen on folio 74 (D15873; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 72). Turner has included a group of figures in the foreground of the scene, including one labelled ‘monk’ who is probably a member of the Camadolese order from the sixteenth-century monastery found at the summit of the hill.
For further views from Camaldoli see folio 73 (D15871; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 71).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

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