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Image number: RS.17605
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Road to Pianura




Pietro Fabris (b.1738, Italian), Painter

Object type

Library reference





height (plate): 210 mm
width (plate): 385mm
height (page): 320mm
width (page): 452mm


Content object

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View of a hollow road leading from the Grotto of Pausilipo to Pianura. The road appears much like a quarry, with the walls on either side composed of volcanic substances including pumice stones, ash and lava. Two figures are visible in the foreground, travelling the road.

Plate 40 from Campi Phlegraei: observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies by William Hamilton. The plate is inscribed ‘XXXVIII’ in the top left corner.

Written in the associated description: 'In all the hollow roads and ravines in this neighbourhood, of which there are many (and some exceedingly deep) the volcanick origin of the soil is plainly pointed out.'

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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