Clarkson Frederick Stanfield

An Eruption of Mount Vesuvius

1839

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 128 x 177 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08222

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Stanfield was a versatile and prolific painter of landscapes and marines. He began his artistic career as a scene-painter in the theatre, and then established himself as one of the leading painters of the age. During the 1830s he frequently travelled on the Continent and made many paintings and illustrations of European scenery.

Mount Vesuvius, near the shore of the Bay of Naples, is the only active volcano on the European mainland. It had long been a favourite tourist site.

Gallery label, September 2004