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Sir William Hamilton: Campi Phlegraei, Naples, 1776, Plate XXXVIII:
In the night of 11th May 1771, Sir William Hamilton (1730-1803) and Sicilian Majesties went to a part of Vesuvius where the lava fell down a perpendicular drop before flowing toward the town of Resina. The plate description states that: "the original drawing for this plate was taken that night on the spot" - in fact, the illustrator Peter Fabris (1730 or 1735-1792 or 1795) has included himself sketching in the bottom left hand corner. For further examples of Hamilton/Fabris and their context see http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/exhibns/month/oct2007.html