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.
Where to see this painting?
Compton Verney, Warwickshire, England, CV35 9HZ
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.