Joseph Mallord William Turner

Naples from the Sea, with the Marinella Waterfront and Capodimonte

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
D15922
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 8 b

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, perhaps dating from the outward or return trip to Paestum and the Amalfi coast which Turner undertook during his sojourn in the city.1 Visible in this study is the Marinella waterfront of Naples which lies along the shoreline between the old port and the Carmine castle. This stretch has changed considerably during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries but still identifiable on the far right-hand side is the tall spire of Santa Maria del Carmine, whilst visible on the hill beyond is the Reggia (Royal Palace) of Capodimonte. A similar view can be seen on folio 5 (D15916).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

1
Finberg 1909, p.551.

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