Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Villas in San Rocco di Capodimonte; and a View of Naples from Capodimonte

1819

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 122 x 197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15691
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 66 a

Catalogue entry

The villas and houses within this landscape sketch remain unidentified. However, Turner’s inscription in the bottom right-hand corner suggests that it may depict a view of San Rocco di Capodimonte, an area to the north of the city near the Palazzo Reale on the Capodimonte Hill.
Further sketches have been drawn on the left-hand side of the page, parallel with the spine. These include a view of Naples from Capodimonte, looking south across the city towards Sant’Elmo, the coastline and the island of Capri. Above this meanwhile is a more detailed study of the line of buildings silhouetted along the shoreline from the same viewpoint. For related views see folio 69 (D15692; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 67) and the Naples: Rome C. Studies sketchbook (Tate D16110–161111; Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 22–23). Compare also a near-contemporaneous drawing by James Hakewill, Naples and the Island of Capri from Capo di Monte (British School at Rome Library).1

Nicola Moorby
June 2010

1
See Tony Cubberley and Luke Herrmann, Twilight of the Grand Tour: A Catalogue of the drawings by James Hakewill in the British School at Rome Library, Rome 1992, no.5.40, p.267, reproduced.

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