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The Crater of Vesuvius
The Trustees of the British Museum
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
The Crater of Vesuvius
1754 (undated)
Black chalk and stump, touched with blue and white chalk, on rough blue-grey paper
263 x 389 mm
10 3/8 x 15 5/16 in.
The crater of Vesuvius, near Naples, is shown with smoke billowing up from chasms in the hollow. In the foreground, on the brink, are two figures, with others partly visible on the slope below and behind.
Compton Verney, Warwickshire, Volcano, July - October 2010 (unnumbered)
Donated by John Deffett Francis, 1881
Inscribed in pen lower right: Wilson
[1] Wilson
[2] 97 [?]
[3] 13
All in different hands
D249 Landscape with the Crater of Vesuvius, Royal Academy of Arts, London (03/1877)
D338 A Skirmish in Rowing-Boats in the Bay of Baiae (Private Collection)
E60/24 John Whessell after Wilson, Studies & Designs: Three Men with two Mules halting in a Field below a Volcano, The British Museum and other impressions
E60/35 John Whessell after Wilson, Studies & Designs: Vesuvius, The British Museum and other impressions
John Downman, The Crater of Vesuvius, watercolour, 1774, Tate, London (T10174)
Wilson visited Naples and the surrounding area in 1752, in 1753 or 1754 with Lord Dartmouth and again in 1756.
Binyon 6
Good condition. Treated 27 May 2010