The Old Harbour, Naples

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1818 possibly

WAG 2006.19

About this object

This watercolour is based on a drawing by the architect James Hakewill (1778 – 1843). He had commissioned Turner to translate his sketches of Italy into a series of prints for his book 'A Picturesque Tour of Italy', published in 1820. Turner’s watercolour demonstrates his ability to encompass the grandest landscape ideas on the smallest scale.

Turner had not visited Italy when he made this watercolour. He may have been inspired to do so after Hakewill’s commission. He spent the summer of 1819 touring the country, including Naples.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    View of the Mole
  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:1775-05-23 probably, died:1851-12-19)
  • Date
    1818 possibly
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Pencil; Paper; Scratching out
  • Measurements
    paper: 14 cm x 21.3 cm
  • Physical description
    This watercolour shows the view looking along the quay with the Castel dell 'Oro on the right, shipping seen on the left and the Hill of San Martino in the distance. There are many people on the quay itself, and the sails of several boats on the right of the image.
  • Related people
    Evelyn Charlton (Associated Person, previous owner) ; Philip Durning Holt (Associated Person, previous owner) ; Robert Durning Holt (Associated P; Ownererson, previous owner) ; Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Credit line
    Accepted by HM Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax and Allocated to National Museums Liverpool in 2006
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Evelyn Charlton

    Owned from: 1944
    How acquired: by descent from Philip Durning Holt
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Philip Durning Holt

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: by descent fromRobert During Holt
    Owned until: 1944
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Robert Durning Holt

    Owned from: 1866
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1906
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Fine Art
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