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Campi Phlegraei Vesuvius engraving Fabris 1776 Hamilton

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Campi Phlegraei - View of a section of a part of the cone of Astruni taken at the entrance of this volcano


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Engraving from William Hamilton's 'Campi Phlegraei'. The area around Naples was known locally as the Campi Phlegraei, or 'flaming fields', owing to the frequent and violent eruptions of Mount Vesuvius. From his country house at the foot of the volcano, William Hamilton (1730-1803) was ideally placed to witness and investigate the eruptions of the 1770s. Hamilton wanted to create a definitive guide to the volcano, to be as aesthetically beautiful as it was intellectually stimulating. He employed the Anglo-Neapolitan artist Peter Fabris to create sketches in situ to illustrate the work. These were then reproduced in prints that were hand coloured individually by local artists by the application of gouache. The process was overseen at every stage by Hamilton. The work was published in 1776 as 'Campi Phlegraei: observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies'.

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artist Peter Fabris
method Copper-line engraving with gouache
date 1776
size 210mm by 390mm (image) 325mm by 455mm (sheet)
SKU CL7145