Capo dell'Arco

    Date
    1776
    Creator
    Pietro Fabris (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
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > Italy
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.17599
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