This sketch is one of a series of panoramic views drawn from the hill of Camaldoli, the highest point in Naples and the surrounding area. The study depicts the vista looking west towards the Tyrrhenian coastline and the distant headland of Gaeta. Just visible along the horizon are the silhouettes of the Pontine archipelago and the island of Procida, whilst in the central middle distance is the town and plain of Pianura (labelled ‘Piano’ by the artist). Similar views can be seen on folios 72 and 73 verso (D15869 and D15872; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 70 and 71a).
For further views from Camaldoli see folio 73 (D15871; Turner Bequest CLXXXV 71).