Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Vesuvius and the Sorrentine Peninsula, from Via Posillipo

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
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
D16072
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 82 a

Catalogue entry

This sketch depicts a view looking east towards Vesuvius and the distant Sorrentine peninsula from the Posillipo coastline. The precise location remains unidentified but there are a number of houses and villas scattered along the tops of the cliffs. For a similar vista see the Naples: Rome C. Studies sketchbook (Tate D16106; Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 18). Related views from the Via Posillipo can be seen on folios 83 verso–87 (D16070–D16077; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 81a–85), as well as the Gandolfo to Naples sketchbook (Tate D15669; Turner Bequest 56a) and the Naples: Rome C. Studies sketchbook (Tate D16094–6; Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 7–9).

Nicola Moorby
August 2010

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