A Pair of Gouaches of Mount Vesuviuss

A Pair of Gouaches of Mount Vesuviuss
A Pair of Gouaches of Mount Vesuviuss
A Pair of Gouaches of Mount Vesuviuss
A Pair of Gouaches of Mount Vesuviuss
A Pair of Gouaches of Mount Vesuviuss
A Pair of Gouaches of Mount Vesuviuss

A Pair of Gouaches of Mount Vesuviuss

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A pair of 19th-century gouaches depicting the night-time eruption of Mount Vesuvius. These are classic Grand Tour souvenir gouaches of the 19th-century - one done for travelers to bring home. It is uncommon to find a PAIR.

Italia - 19th-century

   26 x 34 inches

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Since the eruption of 79 AD, Vesuvius has erupted around three dozen times. It erupted again in 203, during the lifetime of the historian Cassius Dio. In 472, it ejected such a volume of ash that ash falls were reported as far away as Constantinople. The eruptions of 512 were so severe that those inhabiting the slopes of Vesuvius were granted exemption from taxes by Theodoric the Great, the Gothic king of Italy. Further eruptions were recorded in 787, 968, 991, 999, 1007 and 1036 with the first recorded lava flows. The volcano became quiescent at the end of the 13th century and in the following years it again became covered with gardens and vineyards as of old. Even the inside of the crater was filled with shrubbery. Vesuvius entered a new phase in December 1631, when a major eruption buried many villages under lava flows, killing around 3,000 people. Torrents of boiling water were also ejected, adding to the devastation. Activity thereafter became almost continuous, with relatively severe eruptions occurring in 1660, 1682, 1694, 1698, 1707, 1737, 1760, 1767, 1779, 1794, 1822, 1834, 1839, 1850, 1855, 1861, 1868, 1872.

 

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