Clarkson Frederick Stanfield 1793–1867
An Eruption of Mount Vesuvius
Medium Watercolour and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 128 x 177 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
On loan to Museo Nacional de Arte (Mexico City, Mexico)
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.
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