Peter Fabris

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Volcano Observer: Sir William Hamilton and Mount Vesuvius

View of an Eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Peter Fabris. Hand-colored engraving in Sir William Hamilton, Campi Phlegraei, 1776.
Interior view of the crater of Mount Vesuvius, as it was before the eruption of 1767, Plate IX in Sir William Hamilton, Campi Phlegraei, 1776

As news of the erupting and disruptive Icelandic volcano has streamed worldwide, we should pause to pay homage to the pioneering work of the British diplomat, collector, and amateur vulcanologist Sir William Hamilton (1730–1803). Appointed Britain’s special envoy to the Spanish court… More»

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      exsanguination8:

      thegetty:

      Ruthless unicorn killing.

      A unicorn, about 1250 - 1260, Unknown. English. J. Paul Getty Museum.

      This is at The Getty!? Must go see it.

      It’s currently off view, BUT you can download a high-res version to play with (if you wish) here

      Come visit anyway! We have this delightful show of manuscripts currently on view.

      12/23/14

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