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An Eruption of Vesuvius by Moonlight

Photo credit: Compton Verney

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Vesuvius erupted several times in the 1770s, including 1774, the year of this painting which is the largest of Volaire’s many views of the subject. A number of spectators can be seen in the left foreground as, despite the danger, tourists often visited the volcano to watch the eruptions.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney


Date

1774

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 130 x W 260 cm

Accession number

CVCSC : 0259.S

Acquisition method

purchased, 1999

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

painted : title, artist and date : Eruption de Mont Vesuve/.../sur le lieu par le Che. Volaire/1774


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Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ England

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