Joseph Mallord William Turner

Four Views of the Town and Bay of Pozzuoli


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 122 × 197 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 71 a

Catalogue entry

The four sketches on this page represent variant views of the town and bay of Pozzuoli, an ancient port on the coast approximately eight miles west of Naples. The most recognisable vista is the one in the bottom right-hand corner which depicts the promontory of the old port at the end of the semi-circular bay seen from the hill to the north. Extending into the sea beyond the shoreline are the ruins of the Roman breakwater, popularly known as the Bridge of Caligula, see folio 72 verso (D15698; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 70a), whilst in the distance is the distinctive outline of Cape Misenum (Capo Miseno). Meanwhile, the square tower in the bottom left-hand vista is visible in others studies of the town, see folios 73 and 91 (D15699 and D15735; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 71 and 89).

Nicola Moorby
June 2010

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