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Vesuvius in eruption: PD.11-1997

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Current Location: Gallery 5


Vesuvius in eruption


Painter: Lemonnier, Anicet Charles Gabriel




History note: James MacKinnon, from whom purchased

Measurements and weight

Height: 27.8 cm
Width: 36 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1997) by The Gow Fund


Production date: AD 1779


Lemmonier travelled to Italy in 1772 as a recipient of the Prix de Rome. Like many of his contemporaries, he was attracted to the dramatic sight of Vesuvius in eruption, and visited Naples and Vesuvius in 1779. This sketch, evidently painted on the spot, is remarkable for being painted so near the volcano that particles of ash are incorparated into the pigment.

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Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 'D'après nature en 1779'
  • Location: Verso
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.11-1997
Primary reference Number: 2757
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 1 December 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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