Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a View of ?Mergellina from Naples; and ?Ships in the Port at Naples

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
D15937
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 15 a

Catalogue entry

There are two (or possibly three) distinct components on this sketchbook page. On the right-hand side is part of a landscape view of distant coastline, probably Mergellina seen from Naples with the Posillipo Hill beyond. The central foreground building is unidentified and it is not clear whether this is part of the same vista, or a separate study. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 16 (D15938).
The rough, schematic details on the far left-hand side of the page appear to depict ships docked within a port or harbour, possibly in front of the Castel Nuovo in Naples.

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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