The Grotto at Posillipo

This sketch was made during Jones's second stay in Naples. It depicts the grotto at Posillipo, a tunnel cut by the ancient Romans to link Naples with Pozzuoli, further west along the coast. The tall, thin tunnel, depicted by numerous artists besides Jones, was a marvel of ancient engineering, and the tomb of the poet Virgil was to be found there, a site no cultivated tourist could miss. The tomb itself can be seen to the right of the main entrance of the tunnel.

Key facts

Artist dates
1742 - 1803
Full title
The Grotto at Posillipo
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on board
20.3 × 27.3 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery