Joseph Mallord William Turner

Sketches of the Gulf of Naples, Including Two Seen from the Ascent of Vesuvius

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 122 × 197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15646
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 45

Catalogue entry

The bottom right-hand corner of this page contains an unidentified drawing which appears to include buildings and the entrance to a cave within a hilly landscape. Inverted on the sheet are two further rough sketches representing views seen from the ascent up Vesuvius, see folio 46 verso (D15645; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 44a). The opportunities for the artist to use his sketchbook would have been limited by the difficult and demanding nature of the expedition, and therefore the visual records he was able to make were necessarily swift and schematic.

Nicola Moorby
May 2010

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