Title: Plate XXXVIII: A night view of a current of lava that ran from mount Vesuvius towards Resina, the 11th of May 1771, when the author had the honour of conducting their Sicilian majesties to see that curious phaenomenon.

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: 02-38

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


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