MARLOW, William
(b. 1740, London, d. 1813, Twickenham)

View of the Bay of Naples from Posillipo

Oil on canvas, 65 x 100 cm
Private collection

Marlow visited Naples in 1765. Whilst he was there he made a number of drawings which he worked up into paintings on his return to England in 1766. The present composition shows the view of the Bay of Naples from Posillipo, the Vomero Hill with the Monastery of San Martino and the Castel Sant'Elmo beyond. In the seventeenth century the area was a popular holiday resort where villas and palaces were built, but by the eighteenth century it was in decline.