Joseph Mallord William Turner

Vesuvius from the Mole, Naples

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 122 × 197 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15628
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 37

Catalogue entry

Turner made a number of sketches of the lively bustle of shipping and human activity within the old port in Naples. This view is taken looking east from the entrance to the Mole, an L-shaped pier which stood at right angles to the quayside beside Castel Nuovo, near the site of the present-day ferry terminal of Molo Angioino (Stazione Marittima). The building visible to the left appears to be the small guard house which stood at the end of the Mole facing the lighthouse which is just out of sight to the right of the vista. Dominating the background is the vast outline of Monte Somma and the smoking crater of Vesuvius on the right.

Nicola Moorby
May 2010

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