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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner ?View of the Waterfront beneath Pizzofalcone, Naples 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 14 Recto:
?View of the Waterfront beneath Pizzofalcone, Naples 1819
D15934
Turner Bequest CLXXXVI 14
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in red ink ‘14’ top right and ‘245’ bottom left
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXVI 14’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘?View of the Waterfront beneath Pizzofalcone, Naples 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-view-of-the-waterfront-beneath-pizzofalcone-naples-r1137858, accessed 21 May 2022.