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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Three Sketches of ?Lake Avernus; and Monte Corvara in the Campi Flegrei 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 37 Verso:
Three Sketches of ?Lake Avernus; and Monte Corvara in the Campi Flegrei 1819
D15627
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 36 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 197 x 122 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The subject of the three uppermost sketches is tentatively identified as views of Lake Avernus with the so-called Temple of Apollo, a ruined Roman bathhouse which lies on the eastern shore. The lowest study meanwhile appears to represent a distant view of Monte Corvara, the rim of a volcanic crater in the Campi Flegrei (Phlegraean or Burning Fields) to the west of Naples.

Nicola Moorby
April 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Three Sketches of ?Lake Avernus; and Monte Corvara in the Campi Flegrei 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 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-three-sketches-of-lake-avernus-and-monte-corvara-in-the-r1138089, accessed 21 January 2021.