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Eruption of Vesuvius

1985.370 (RS118683)

Description

Subject is the eruption of Vesuvius with Italian inscription at the lower edge. Handwritten tag on back reads: "Coffin House/ No. 5 High Street/ Newbury/ Mass." Second tag reads, "The eruption of Vesuvius in 1794 destroyed the town of Torre del Greco by a stream of lava estimated to contain more than 46,000,000 cubic feet which flowed into the sea in a mass 1204 feet wide and 15 feet high. Am. Essex." Molded gesso and gilt frame. Painting under glass.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1800-1850
Inscriptions
See description.
Associated Building
Coffin House (Newbury, Mass.).
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Descriptive terms
canvas
Oil on Canvas
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
Picture
Picture, History
Volcano
volcanoes
People and organizations
Mount Vesuvius
Dimensions
20.5 x 15.5 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1985.370
Credit Line
Gift of Margaret E.C. Merriam in memory of her mother Elizabeth Low Coffin Colman
GUSN
25269

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