Joseph Mallord William Turner

Study of a Boat in the Harbour 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
D15943
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 18 a

Catalogue entry

Turner was always fascinated by different types of shipping and studies of boats often form part of his visual record of a place. The port of Naples was one of the largest and busiest in Europe and the artist would have seen a wide variety of vessels in and around the city’s coastline, from small fishing craft to large sailing ships. This study appears to show a canvas-covered cargo ship docked in the harbour. For other studies see folios 19 and 21 verso (D15944 and D15949; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 19 and 20a).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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