frame: 642 x 738 x 83 mm
The island of Ischia is the largest island in the Gulf of Naples. In Greek mythology Ischia was inhabited by the hundred-headed monster Typhon who, having been vanquished by Zeus’s thunderbolts, and buried under Mount Etna, took vengeance by creating volcanic eruptions. In classical antiquity Ischia was a celebrated resort, with hot mineral springs and sub-tropical vegetation. It remained very popular with visitors in the eighteenth century. Richard Wilson visited Naples and the surrounding area in 1752 and again in the spring of 1753. It is not certain whether he painted this picture during his time in Italy or on his return to England.