Joseph Mallord William Turner

Part of a View of Vesuvius from the Monastery at Camaldoli

1819

In Tate Britain

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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
D15879
Turner Bequest CLXXXV 75

Catalogue entry

This sketch is part of a view of the hill of Camaldoli from the sixteenth-century Camaldolese monastery on the summit. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 76 verso (D15878; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 74a), but visible on this side is the distant Tyrrhenian coastline looking west towards Gaeta. Several trees disrupt the vista in the foreground and Turner has only partially sketched in the trunks.
For a more detailed discussion and further views from Camaldoli see folio 73 (D15871; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 71).

Nicola Moorby
October 2010

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