Not on display
Turner made a thorough exploration of the picturesque landscape to the west of Naples and this prospect depicts a distant view of the city looking north-east across the bay from the Posillipo coast. On the left is the hill surmounted by the Castle of Sant’Elmo and the Certosa di San Martino and this slopes away to the centre of the composition with the smaller Pizzofalcone Hill and the headland of Castel dell’Ovo stretching into the sea. Just visible on the far right-hand side is Vesuvius. The vantage point for the sketch is the Via Posillipo, the new coastal road, built during the early nineteenth century on the orders of Joachim Murat, the King of Naples. The supporting arches of the road can just be seen on the far left-hand side. Turner appears to be standing at point near the small bay which shelters the Villa Martinelli and the present-day Villa Mazziotti. The latter was built during the mid-nineteenth century on the site of a former seventeenth-century palazzo, and this may be the waterside structure in the foreground.