Credit: ©The Royal Society
    Image number: RS.17582

    View from the Convent of Camaldoli

    Pietro Fabris (1738, Italian) , Painter
    Object type
    Library reference
    height (plate): 210mm
    width (plate): 385mm
    height (page): 320mm
    width (page): 452mm
    Content object
       > landscape
    A bird's eye view of the islands visible from the Convent of Camaldoli: the island of Ventotiene [far right as viewed], of St Stefano [second from the right as viewed], of Ischia [centre of the plate] and of Procida [in front of Ischia]. The Lake of Agnano is visible on the left of the plate, and the crater of Astruni on the right.

    Three figures are visible in the foreground, overlooking the scene. William Hamilton, dressed in a red overcoat, observes it through a telescope.

    Plate 17 from Campi Phlegraei: observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies by William Hamilton. The plate is inscribed ‘XVII’ in the top left corner.

    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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