The Bay of Naples with Vesuvius and Castel dell'Ovo
Franz Ludwig Catel (German, Berlin 1778–1856 Rome)
Oil on paper, laid down on cardboard
9 3/8 x 14 in. (23.8 x 35.6 cm)
Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
Not on view
Private collection, Hamburg; sale, Lempertz, Cologne, November 15, 2003, no. 1592; [Thomas Le Claire, Hamburg, in 2004; sold to Thaw]; Eugene Victor Thaw, New York (until 2009)
Hamburger Kunsthalle, German Indemnity (Hamburg). "Franz Ludwig Catel. Italienbilder der Romantik," October 16, 2015–January 31, 2016, no. 133 (as "Ansicht des Golfs von Neapel mit Blick auf das Castel dell’Ovo und den Vesuv von der Salita di Sant’Antonio aus," ca. 1818–19).
Marcus Marschall and Thomas Le Claire. Romanticism and Nature: A Selection of 19th century paintings and oil sketches. Munich and Hamburg, 2004, pp. 14–15, ill. (color), date it about 1818–20.
Andreas Stolzenburg. Franz Ludwig Catel (1778–1856): paesaggista e pittore di genere. Exh. cat., Casa di Goethe. Rome, 2007, pp. 54, 57, 141 n. 224, fig. 31 (color), dates it 1818/19.
Todd Magreta inThe Thaw Collection of Master Drawings: Acquisitions Since 2002. Exh. cat., Morgan Library & Museum. New York, 2009, pp. 84, 177 n. 3, mentions it in connection with a drawing depicting a similar view by Catel.
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 108, no. 19, ill. (color), calls it "The Bay of Naples with Vesuvius and Castel dell'Ovo" and dates it about 1818–20.
There are two known related compositions: "The Gulf of Naples with Vesuvius Seen from Posilippo," 1819, oil on canvas, 29 1/2 x 39 3/4 in. (75 x 101 cm), private collection; and "Neapolitan Fruit Merchant with His Family on the Salita di Sant'Antonio, with a View of the Gulf of Naples," 1822, oil on canvas, 8 7/8 x 12 1/4 in. (22 x 31 cm), Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, NG 54.