J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Naples from the Sea, with Castel Nuovo and the Mole Lighthouse 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
Naples from the Sea, with Castel Nuovo and the Mole Lighthouse 1819
D15924
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 9
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘9’ top right and ‘245’ bottom left
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXVI 9’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This swift outline sketch represents a view of Naples from the sea to the east. Visible beside the shoreline to the left is the Castel Nuovo, whilst to the right is the Mole lighthouse of the old port. Rising on the far left-hand side is the hill surmouned by the Certosa di San Martino and the Castel Sant’Elmo. The composition continues on the opposite sheet of the double-page spread, see folio 8 verso (D15923). For more detailed studies of a similar view see folios 5 verso–7 and 9 verso–10 (D15917–D15919 and D15925–D15926).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Naples from the Sea, with Castel Nuovo and the Mole Lighthouse 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, July 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-naples-from-the-sea-with-castel-nuovo-and-the-mole-r1137848, accessed 21 May 2022.