Title: Plate X: Interiour [sic] view of the crater of mount Vesuvius from an original drawing taken on the spot, in the year 1756, which will serve to give an idea of the changes this part of an active volcano is subject to.

Creator: Pietro Fabris (fl 1740-1792)

Description: Published in Hamilton, W, ‘Campi Phlegraei, ou, observations sur les volcans des Deux Siciles’. Nouvelle éd. edn. Paris: Chez Lamy, (1799)

The source of this plate, ‘Campi Phlegraei…’, is a first hand account of the eruptions witnessed by Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803), British envoy to Naples between 1764-1767.  Originally published in three volumes (1776-1779), the title took its name from the area around Naples popularly referred to as ‘Campi Phlegraei’ or ‘flaming fields’, owing to the frequent and violent eruptions of Mount Vesuvius.

Date: 1799

Format: Hand coloured etching

Image reference: 02-35

Recommended print size: Up to 20 x 16 inches (50 x 40cm)


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