image hamilton,w_campi_phlegraei_1776_0148
Image number: RS.17602
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Stromboli

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
   > volcano

Description

View of Stromboli during its 1768 volcanic eruption, 'taken by Monsieur Fabris on his return from Sicily with the Author'.

Plate 37 from Campi Phlegraei: observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies by William Hamilton. The plate is inscribed ‘XXXVII’ 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).

Associated place

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