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The Castel Nuovo, Naples
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Castel Nuovo, Naples
c.1752-54 (undated)
Black chalk and some traces of heightening with white on grey paper
239 x 421 mm
9 3/8 x 16 9/16 in.
A near view southwards across the Bay of Naples towards the upper sections of the castle, with castellated turrets, curtain walls, a square keep and a campanile
Manchester 1988 (107)
Earl of Warwick; T.W. Jackson; purchased through the Magdalen College Fund, 1915
Unsigned; no inscription
[1] Lower right corner: Earl of Warwick (Lugt 2600)
The Castel Nuovo, begun in 1279 on the orders of Charles of Anjou, still stands as a major architectural landmark in front of the Piazza Municipio and Palazzo San Giacomo in central Naples. In Wilson's day it was a royal residence and fortress.
Wilson visited Naples and the surrounding area in 1752 and in the spring of 1753 with Lord Dartmouth. He probably went there again in 1753 or 1754 and perhaps in 1756. Drawings by him of the city itself are rare, however, possibly because of 'some Bourbon prohibition', as suggested by Ford.
Ashmolean Museum Annual Report, 1915, p. 13; Ford 1951, p. 23; Brown 1982, p. 662, no. 1893; Hawcroft 1988, p. 92