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Image number: RS.17569
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Naples

Date

1776

Creator

Pietro Fabris (b.1738, Italian), Painter

Object type

Library reference

42888

Material

Technique

Dimensions

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

Subject

Content object

nature
   > volcano

Description

A view of Naples from Pausilipo. The sea is dotted with sailing boats, and the coastline in Naples covered in white houses. The Caste of Saint Elmo is visible in the middle of the scene, on top of a hill, and the Mountain of Somma and Mount Vesuvius are visible on the right [as viewed]. A woman and child look on from the shore.

Plate 3 from Campi Phlegraei: observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies by William Hamilton. The plate is inscribed ‘III’ in the top left corner.

Written in the associated description: ‘Every view of Naples and its neighbourhood is beautiful, owing greatly to the variety in forms of the different elevations […] There is a great beauty likewise in the luxuriancy of the vegetation with which they are cover’d.’

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).

Associated place

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