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Image number: RS.17595
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Ischia

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
   > landscape

Description

View of the island of Ischia from the sea. The castle of Ischia is visible on a peninsular in the centre, and the town just behind it. On the left [as viewed] are a range of little mountains, 'raised by former eruptions', and on the right is Monte S. Nicola [anciently Epomeus].

Plate 30 from Campi Phlegraei: observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies by William Hamilton. The plate is inscribed ‘XXX’ in the top left corner.

Written in the associated discription: 'There can be no doubt of the volcanick origin of this mountain [S. Nicola], composed as is the whole island, of strata of volcanick matter.'

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.42888

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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