Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a View of Naples and Vesuvius from Mergellina

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
D16032
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 62 a

Catalogue entry

As Turner’s inscription indicates, his viewpoint for this view of Naples is Mergellina, a small fishing village and port about a mile west of the main city between the Chiaia waterfront and Posillipo. The vista looks east across the bay towards the small headland of Castel dell’Ovo with Vesuvius in the distance. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread with Castel Sant’Elmo, see folio 65 (D16033; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 63). Related sketches can be found on folios 66 verso–67 (D16036–D16037; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 64a–65).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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