Joseph Mallord William Turner

?View of the Waterfront beneath Pizzofalcone, Naples

1819

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 189 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D15934
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 14

Catalogue entry

The location for this sketch of buildings beside the Neapolitan waterfront is not conclusively identified although it probably represents the stretch of coastline at the foot of the Pizzofalcone Hill (also known as Monte Echia) looking towards Santa Lucia. The area was transformed during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by the raising of the Via Santa Lucia to offset rising sea levels and the building of the new waterfront, the Via Partenope. Some of the details in the top left-hand corner belong to the composition on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 13 verso (D15933).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

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