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Mount Vesuvius erupting, Kingdom of Naples, 1760.

Fabris, Peter

Mount Vesuvius erupting, Kingdom of Naples, 1760.
2 6 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 18cm


Hand-coloured etching by Peter Fabris (active 1768-1779) after his own drawing and taken from from William Hamilton's (1730-1803) study of Italian volcanoes, 'Campi Phlegraei' (published in Naples, 1776). This eruption of Vesuvius began on 23 December 1760 and ended on 5 January 1761. Image shows a large smoking lava flow destroying farmland. Based on letters to the Royal Society in London, Hamilton's book is a seminal work on the nature and effects of volcanic explosions.

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