Campi Phlegraei

    Pietro Fabris (1738, Italian) , Painter
    Object type
    Library reference
    height (plate): 210mm
    width (plate): 385mm
    height (page): 320mm
    width (page): 452mm
    Content object
       > landscape
    View from the hermitage on top of Monte S. Nicola. It incorporates all of the volcanic region around Naples, or, as the author writes, what 'the Ancients comprehended under the name of CAMPI PHLEGRAEI'.

    On the right [as viewed] are the mountains of Somma and Vesuvius, in the centre is the Castle of S. Elmo, just left of the castle is the Mountain of S. Angelo, and in the bottom left are Guaro and Nuovo. The Averne Lake is just visible beyond these.

    Plate 31 from Campi Phlegraei: observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies by William Hamilton. The plate is inscribed ‘XXXI’ 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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