Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Descent from Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples

1819

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 197 × 122 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15681
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 61 a

Catalogue entry

The subject of these four Neapolitan sketches remains unidentified although they may represent views seen from the road down from the Castel Sant’Elmo. There is also some similarity between the central vista and a watercolour by Francis Towne (1739–1816), The Descent from Capodimonte 1781 (British Museum).1

Nicola Moorby
June 2010

1
Reproduced in colour in Giuliano Briganti, Nicola Spinosa and Lindsay Stainton, In the Shadow of Vesuvius: Views of Naples from Baroque to Romanticism 1631–1830, exhibition catalogue, Accademia Italiana delle Arti e delle Arti Applicate, London 1990, p.92. See also http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/search_the_collection_database/search_object_details.aspx?objectid=749038&partid=1&searchText=capodimonte&fromADBC=ad&toADBC=ad&numpages=10&orig=%2fresearch%2fsearch_the_collection_database.aspx&currentPage=6.

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