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Image number: RS.17599
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Capo dell'Arco

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 Capo dell'Arco, on the island of Ventotene. Various strata are visible on the rock surface, including tufa and volcanic ash, and a sailing boat is depicted in the foreground. Ventotene is an island about 4 miles in circumference, 30 miles from Ischia.

Plate 34 from Campi Phlegraei: observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies by William Hamilton. The plate is inscribed ‘XXXIV’ in the top left corner.

Written in the associated description: 'The whole of this Island [Ventotene], and of that of S. Stefano, which is about a mile from it, (and probably once joined it, the Water being shallow between the one Island and the Other), have been evidently produced by Volcanick Explosions.'

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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