The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the night of 8 August 1779. Coloured etching by Pietro Fabris, 1779.
- Fabris, Pietro, active 1756-1784.
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View from near the King's palace at Posillipo. A flash of lightning seems to be depicted in the sky. In the foreground, figures in attitudes of supplication, including a woman apparently holding a print of a sacred figure
[Naples] : [P. Fabris], 
1 print : etching, with gouache ; platemark 38.8 x 21 cm
On Fabris's coloured prints for Hamilton's Campi phlegraei see B. Fothergill, Sir William Hamilton envoy extraordinary, New York 1969, pp. 138-143, and John Thackray, '"The modern Pliny": Hamilton and Vesuvius', in Ian Jenkins and Kim Sloan, Vases and volcanoes, London 1996, pp. 65-74
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