Joseph Mallord William Turner

View of Capri and the Bay of Sorrento from Naples

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 255 x 403 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D16108
Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 20

Catalogue entry

This is one of seven watercolours relating to Naples dating from Turner’s 1819 tour of Italy. The subject is a distant view of the island of Capri and the eastern promontory of the Gulf of Naples with the Bay of Sorrento, as seen from the Santa Lucia district of the city. Related studies featuring the Castel dell’Ovo in the foreground can also be found within the same sketchbook (see D16089, D16093 and D16109; Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 2, 6 and 21). All feature the same motif at different times of day, and under varying weather conditions.
Verso:
Blank, save for inscriptions by unknown hands in pencil ‘Capri’ centre and ‘84’ bottom right, inverted, and ‘CLXXXVII . 20’ bottom right, ascending right-hand edge; stamped in black ‘CLXXXVII 20’ and Turner Bequest monogram bottom left.

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

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