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Vesuvius and the Convent of San Salvatore

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Vesuvius and the Convent of San Salvatore 1794 - 1797

Not on display

The live volcano of Vesuvius is situated just to the east of Naples, and is one of the great natural wonders of Southern Italy. Turner visited it in 1819, but this study was influenced by the watercolours of John Robert Cozens that he had seen back in London. It does not, however, correspond exactly to any of Cozens’ own views of Naples. Turner seems to have followed Cozens more stylistically, particularly in his delicate blue-gray palette.

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A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.

Palette , Watercolour


  • Acc. No. D 5023.42
  • Medium Blue, grey and brown washes over black chalk on paper
  • Size 32.20 x 49.00 cm (framed: 66.00 x 53.80 cm)
  • Credit Miss Helen Barlow Bequest 1976