Eruption of Vesuvius

Collection Type

  • Art

Date

1800-1850

GUSN

GUSN-25269

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

Descriptive Terms

paintings (visual works)
oil paint (paint)
canvas
volcanoes
Picture
Picture, History
Oil on Canvas
Volcano
Picture, History

Inscription

See description.

Associated Building

Coffin House (Newbury, Mass.),

People and Organizations

Mount Vesuvius

Maker

Unknown

Dimensions

20.5 x 15.5 (HxW) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Margaret E.C. Merriam in memory of her mother Elizabeth Low Coffin Colman

Accession Number

1985.370