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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Views in Naples Including Castel Sant'Elmo from Castel Nuovo; and Sketches of the So-Called Temple of Apollo and Lake Avernus 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 71 Recto:
Views in Naples Including Castel Sant’Elmo from Castel Nuovo; and Sketches of the So-Called Temple of Apollo and Lake Avernus 1819
D15695
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 69
Pencil on white wove paper, 197 x 122 mm
Inscribed by ?John Ruskin in blue ink ‘281’ top right, ascending right-hand edge and ‘69’ top left, ascending left-hand edge
Stamped in black ‘CLXXXIV 69’ top right, ascending right-hand edge
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page contains several different views from Turner’s exploration of Naples and the surrounding area. The two upper landscape vistas depict locations in Naples including, at the top, Castel Sant’Elmo and the Certosa di San Martino seen from the quayside in front of Castel Nuovo.
The sketch at the bottom of the page represents a view of Lake Avernus with the wooded hills of the Campi Flegrei peninsula beyond. Turner has made a separate detailed study of the so-called Temple of Apollo, the ruin of a Roman thermal bath hall which stands on the eastern shore of the lake. For further studies of Lake Avernus see folios 19 verso, 27 verso, 34 verso–35, 71 verso, 72, 77–78 (D15592, D15608, D15622–D15623, D15696–D15697, D15707–D15709; Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 19a, 26a, 33a–34, 69a–70, 75–76).

Nicola Moorby
June 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Views in Naples Including Castel Sant’Elmo from Castel Nuovo; and Sketches of the So-Called Temple of Apollo and Lake Avernus 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 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-views-in-naples-including-castel-santelmo-from-castel-nuovo-r1138156, accessed 18 April 2021.