The work was published in 1776 as Campi Phlegraei: observations on the volcanos of the two Sicilies.
The plates proved to be the book's defining feature, more popular than the text itself. Landscape art was popular and many Grand Tourists commissioned paintings of their destinations as a way of commemorating their journey and proving themselves to be seasoned travellers.
The plates of Campi Phlegraei provided ready made souvenirs and were often torn out and displayed in their own right. As such, complete copies are rare today.
Sir William Hamilton employed the Anglo-Neapolitan artist Peter Fabris to create sketches in situ to illustrate the work. These were then reproduced in prints that were hand coloured individually by local artists by the application of gouache*.




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