Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views of Vesuvius Seen between Pizzofalcone and Castel dell’Ovo, 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
D15933
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 13 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains two alternate sketches of the same vista, a view of Vesuvius framed by Castel dell’Ovo (Castle of the Egg) on the right and the buildings at the foot of the Pizzofalcone Hill on the right. The former fortress is built on a small islet connected to the mainland by a narrow jetty and Turner’s viewpoint appears to be to the immediate west of the headland, probably from a boat on the water. A small part of the upper study spills over onto the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 14 (D15934) and a more detailed record of the same subject can be found on folio 17 (D15940).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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