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Buildings in Naples with the North-East side of the Castle Nuovo

JONES, Thomas (1742 - 1803)

[image: Buildings in Naples with the North-East side of the Castle Nuovo]

Date: 1782

Media: oil on paper

Size: 22.0 x 29.1 cm

Acquired: 1954; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 90

This is the first of the Neapolitan studies with which Thomas Jones made his deeply original contribution to the oil sketch tradition. He painted it from the roof terrace of his lodgings opposite the Dogana del Sale in Naples.

Beyond the apartment buildings festooned with drying laundry are the wall and tower of the 13th century Castel Nuova, to the left, and part of the roofline of the Palazzo Reale, to the right. The trees of the Largo del Castello stand between them, and the domes of two churches and the lantern of a third animate the horizon.

Examination with infra-red light has revealed extensive pencil underdrawing, with which Jones sketched the principal architectural forms.

 

Work not on display

3 comments

Amgueddfa Cymru, 14 June 2010, 09:45

Dear John - Thank you for your comment. Please visit the Print on Demand pages of our website for details on reproductions of this image:
www.museumwales.ac.uk/picturelibrary

John Idris Jones, 14 June 2010, 09:37

How can I go about getting a good reproduction of this picture?

J.I.Jones, 7 August 2008, 15:24

Takes us in to the mind of the artist. He is saying 'Real life, its details, is more interesting than self-conscious art; the background building represents the latter; the foreground building the former, with its laundry, whisp of smoke from something cooking on a fire perhaps, the unpainted building, the toned-down plaster-derived flat colour representation. This is an extraordinary picture.

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