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Image number: RS.17568
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Mount Vesuvius




Pietro Fabris (b.1738, Italian), Painter

Object type

Library reference




height (plate): 385mm
width (plate): 210mm
height (page): 452mm
width (page): 320mm


Content object

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Seven views of the top of Mount Vesuvius captured over a four-month period.

Plate 2 from the Campi Phlegraei: observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies by William Hamilton. Each figure is inscribed ‘I’ ‘II’ ‘III’ etc. [from left to right respectively] in the top corner.

Written in the associated description: ‘Plans of the Top of Mount Vesuvius with the gradual increase of the little mountain in its Crater from the 8th of July to the 29th of Oct.r 1767 [...] From May to October the 19th, the mountain increased in higth from B. to F. about 200 feet.’

William Hamilton (1730-1803) British diplomat, archaeologist and volcanologist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1766 on the merit of his volcanic observations. He received the Copley Medal in 1770 for his 'Account of a Journey to Mount Etna'.

Pietro Fabris (1740-1792) was a British artist who accompanied Hamilton around Mount Etna, Mount Vesuvius, and Lipari islands to document volcanic activities.

Object history

This book of hand-coloured plates represents part II of Campi Phlegraei. It complements Part I, which consists of letters only. Both were presented to the then President of the Royal Society, Sir John Pringle (1707-1782).

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