Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a View of Naples from the Hill beneath Certosa di San Martino and Castel Sant’Elmo


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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 53 a

Catalogue entry

This rough pencil drawing forms part of a panoramic view of Naples seen from the slopes of the hill just beneath the Certosa (Charterhouse) of San Martino and Castel Sant’Elmo. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 56 (D15664; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 54), but this side depicts the vista looking south and west towards the Capo di Posillipo (Cape of Posillipo) and the island of Capri. As Lindsay Stainton has identified, the view is very similar to that of a watercolour study in the Naples: Rome C. Studies sketchbook (Tate D16101; Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 13).1 There is also a further related prospect (Tate D16100; Turner Bequest CLXXXVII 12).

Nicola Moorby
May 2010

Briganti, Spinosa and Stainton 1990, p.134.

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