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Image number: RS.17570
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Crater of Mount Vesuvius

Date

1776

Creator

Pietro Fabris (b.1738, Italian), Painter

Object type

Library reference

42888

Material

Technique

Dimensions

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

Subject

Content object

nature
   > volcano

Description

A view of an eruption of lava from the crater of Mount Vesuvius. The cone of Vesuvius is covered with snow, and the lava runs in different streams from the crater.

Plate 5 from Campi Phlegraei: observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies by William Hamilton. The plate is inscribed ‘V’ in the top left corner.

Written in the associated description: ‘taken from an original painting of Mr. Fabris done from nature about 22. years ago. […]

The streams of lava that run down the steep flancks of the Volcano, always cut regular and narrow channels, so regular as to appear the work of art’.

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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