Vesuvius in Eruption, Joseph Wright of Derby c.1780 Print

Vesuvius in Eruption, Joseph Wright of Derby c.1780 Print

£20.00


Mount Vesuvius held a special attraction for Wright. He painted it over thirty times and during his Italian tour he created several pen and ink and chalk studies. This painting in gouache (watercolour with the addition of white to add body) is one of Wright’s most striking images. Set against a deep-blue sky, flames illuminate and fumes darken the volcanic landscape. Streams of lava erupt from the mountain’s cone and cascade down its desolate slopes of to form a river of molten fire. There can be few more powerful visions of the forces contained within the earth.

Unframed Print

Print to fit standard 30 x 40 cm frame with mount

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