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Vesuvius in Eruption, with a View over the Islands in the Bay of Naples

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Joseph Wright toured Italy for the first and only time between 1773 and 1775 but drew on the experience for the rest of his career. In particular his imagination was gripped by the power of Mount Vesuvius, dominating the Bay of Naples and the surrounding area. He stayed in Naples from early October to early November 1774, too early to witness the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1777, and yet during his lifetime he painted over 30 views of the exploding volcano.

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London

  • Date

    c.1776-80

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    122 x 176.4 cm

  • Accession number

    T05846

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund, Friends of the Tate Gallery, and Mr John Ritblat 1990

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