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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




oil on canvas


H 130 x W 260 cm

Accession number

CVCSC : 0259.S

Acquisition method

purchased, 1999

Work type


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

Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ England

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