Joseph Mallord William Turner

Naples from the Sea, with Castel dell’Ovo and the Island of Capri

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15913
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 3 a

Catalogue entry

As Finberg first identified, the sequence of sketches on folios 3 verso–12 (D15913–D15919 and D15922–D15930) represents detailed panoramic views of Naples drawn from the sea.1 The artist perhaps had the opportunity to make these drawings from a boat during the outward or return trip to Paestum and the Amalfi Coast. Visible in this study is the headland of the Castel dell’Ovo (Castle of the Egg) seen from the north-east, with the island of Capri visible along the horizon to the left. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 4 (D15914).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

1
Finberg 1909, p.551.

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