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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Villa at Posillipo 1819

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 3 Verso:
Villa at Posillipo 1819
Turner Bequest CLXXXIV 3 a
Pencil on white wove paper, 197 x 122 mm
Inscribed by the artist in pencil ‘Polzlipo’ bottom right of sketch
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner’s inscription in the bottom right-hand corner of this sketch suggests that this is a view of Posillipo, a stretch of coastline to the west of Naples which is famous for its villas and grottos. The drawing disrupts the geographical sequence of views of Turner’s journey between Rome and Naples.

Nicola Moorby
May 2010

How to cite

Nicola Moorby, ‘Villa at Posillipo 1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, May 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-villa-at-posillipo-r1138022, accessed 17 June 2024.