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Image number: RS.17573
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Quarry

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): 452 mm

Subject

Description

View of a quarry created by a thick stream of lava from the 1631 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. A horse and carriage loaded with stones is visible in the foreground, and piles of ash surround the pathway it travels.

Plate 8 from Campi Phlegraei: observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies by William Hamilton. The plate is inscribed ‘VIII’ in the top left corner.

Written in the associated description: 'It is at present the principal Quarry from whence are taken the Stones for the Pavement of Naples.'

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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