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Vesuvius Erupting

Photo credit: Compton Verney

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Lacroix de Marseille began to build a reputation for himself in Italy and the South of France during the 1760s and painted this work during the 1761 eruption of Vesuvius, which lasted for about 13 days. The painting depicts the moment just before the main crater exploded on 5th January 1761.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney


Vesuvius Erupting




oil on canvas


H 75 x W 134.8 cm

Accession number

CVCSC : 0359.S

Acquisition method

purchased, 2006

Work type


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Compton Verney

Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ England

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