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Pietro Fabris

Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies

1776–1779

Pietro Fabris, who described himself as British, spent most of his life in Naples where he painted landscapes and genre pictures, which proved particularly popular with European gentlemen on the Grand Tour. He was a favourite artist of the British Consul in Naples, Sir William Hamilton, accompanying him on his trips to study volcanoes and producing fifty-eight gouache paintings which were subsequently engraved as illustrations to Hamilton’s book about the volcanic area around Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and the Lipari islands.

Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The road leading from the Grotto of Posillipo inland to Pianura, showing strata of "rapilli" and other volcanic substances, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The crater of Monte Gauro or Barbaro (right), with other volcanic features in the background, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The discovery of the temple of Isis at Pompeii, buried under pumice and other volcanic matter, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The Pisciarelli (a hot spring) issuing from the cone of the Solfatara, and a man bathing in the hot waters, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
Lava, scoriae and pumice from Mount Vesuvius, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
Pozzuoli, with Monte Barbaro in the distance, right, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
Mount Vesuvius emitting a column of smoke after its eruption on 8 August 1779
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
A quarry from which stones were cut to make the pavements of Naples, showing strata of lava from Mount Vesuvius, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The crater of Monte Gauro or Barbaro (right), with other volcanic features in the background, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The island of Ischia seen from the sea, showing volcanic features, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The Fossa Grande of Mount Vesuvius, showing the deep hollow ways cut by torrents of rainwater, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The Porto Pavone on the island of Nisida, showing the curved sides of a sunken crater; Pietro Fabris sketching and Sir William Hamilton in the foreground, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The island of Stromboli, smoke erupting from its peak, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
Interior of the crater of one of the little mountains raised by the eruption of Vesuvius in 1760, with large and small fragments of larva, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
Lake Avernus (Lago d'Averno) and environs, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
Mount Vesuvius in winter, covered with snow, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The Capo dell'Arco promontory on the island of Ventoténe (Ventotiene, ancient Pandatoria), showing strata of tufa and lava, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
Mount Vesuvius: a volcanic eruption at the foot of the mountain, 1760-1761, causing the destruction of the land and property, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
Interior of the cone of the Somma mountain, showing strata of lava, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
Entrance of the grotto at Posillipo, called Piedigrotta, reputed to be Virgil's tomb, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The lake of Agnano, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The Phlegraean plain: birdseye view from the top of the San Nicola mountain, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
Mount Vesuvius: interior of the crater showing the flow of lava in an eruption, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The Solfatara, and the issue of hot vapours from underground lakes caused by the gathering of rainwater below the Solfatara, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The valley Atrio di Cavallo between Vesuvius and Somma, showing smoke emerging from Vesuvius before eruption, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
The city and bay of Naples from the land, 1776
Observations on the Volcanos of the two Sicilies
Little mountains raised in 1760 by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, inland and offshore, 1776
40°50'42.0"N 14°15'30.0"E

Location: Naples, Italy
Movement: Landscape

Collection: Wellcome Library
Text: National Galleries of Scotland


Posted: November 2021
Category: Painting

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