A view from the Convent of the Camaldoli, near Naples, Kingdom of Naples, c 1760.

Fabris, Peter

A view from the Convent of the Camaldoli, near Naples, Kingdom of Naples, c 1760.
2 6 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 18cm

Description

Hand-coloured etching by Peter Fabris (active 1768-1779) and taken from William Hamilton's (1730-1805) studies of Italian volcanoes, 'Campi Phlegraei' (published in Naples, 1776). All land shown, including the islands, is of volcanic origin. Based on letters to the Royal Society, 'Campi Phlegraei' was a more precise account of the nature and effects of volcanic activity than had previously existed and illustrated Hamilton's claim that volcanoes were creative rather than destructive natural forces.

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