Joseph Mallord William Turner

Three Sketches of ?Lake Avernus; and Monte Corvara in the Campi Flegrei

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: 197 × 122 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15627
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 36 a

Catalogue entry

The subject of the three uppermost sketches is tentatively identified as views of Lake Avernus with the so-called Temple of Apollo, a ruined Roman bathhouse which lies on the eastern shore. The lowest study meanwhile appears to represent a distant view of Monte Corvara, the rim of a volcanic crater in the Campi Flegrei (Phlegraean or Burning Fields) to the west of Naples.

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

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