Panoramic view of the Bay of Naples

This signed oil painting by the artist called Gaspar Butler gives a panoramic view of the Bay of Naples and might be related to Butler’s view of the Bay of Naples with Admiral Byng’s fleet at anchor (BHC0349).

In the background Naples can be identified through the recognizable architectural forms of Castel Nouvo on the harbour. The bay, seen from a birds-eye view, is filled with vessels of the English fleet and Latin rigged galleys. The overall manner of the picture is undistinguished and stylized and most attention is paid to the cityscape. To the right in the sunlit sky feminine genii and putti are holding a cartouche.

Object Details

ID: BHC1902
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Butler, Gaspar
Date made: 18th century
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Painting: 650 mm x 1485 mm; Frame: 790 x 1624 x 63 mm; Overall weight: 17 kg

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