Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vesuvius from Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples; and ?View of the Ausoni Mountains near Fondi


Not on display
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 113 x 189 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 50 a

Catalogue entry

This page contains two distinct landscape sketches. The lower drawing represents Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples seen from a point to the north-west of Castel Sant’Elmo. A small part of the composition spills over onto the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 53 (D16012; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 51).
The subject of the upper vista meanwhile is not conclusively identified although it appears to depict the line of the Ausoni mountains from Fondi, a town on the Via Appia between Terracina and Formia. Turner’s handwritten inscription appears to read ‘Mt Coelia Fondi’ although there is no peak of this name visible within the area. For related sketches see folios 1 verso 57 verso–58 (D15909, D16019–D16020; Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 1a and 55a–56) and the inside front cover (D40949).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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