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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Naples from the Sea, with the Marinella Waterfront and Capodimonte 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
Naples from the Sea, with the Marinella Waterfront and Capodimonte 1819
D15922
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 8 b
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by an unknown hand in pencil ‘b’ top right
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘8’ top right and ‘245’ bottom left
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXVI 8b’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
As Finberg first identified, the sequence of sketches on folios 3 verso–12 (D15913–D15919 and D15922–D15930) represents detailed panoramic views of Naples drawn from the sea, perhaps dating from the outward or return trip to Paestum and the Amalfi coast which Turner undertook during his sojourn in the city.1 Visible in this study is the Marinella waterfront of Naples which lies along the shoreline between the old port and the Carmine castle. This stretch has changed considerably during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries but still identifiable on the far right-hand side is the tall spire of Santa Maria del Carmine, whilst visible on the hill beyond is the Reggia (Royal Palace) of Capodimonte. A similar view can be seen on folio 5 (D15916).

Nicola Moorby
July 2010

1
Finberg 1909, p.551.

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Naples from the Sea, with the Marinella Waterfront and Capodimonte 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-the-marinella-waterfront-and-r1137846, accessed 15 January 2021.