THE ERUPTION OF VESUVIUS, 1906
Bears dedication & title verso A souvenir of the Vesuvian Eruption / April 1906
Gouache over pastel on paper
45 x 30cm
On the 5th April 1906 Mount Vesuvius once again erupted, killing an estimated 100 people and caused the largest ejection of lava from the volacano on record. One of the consequences of the blast was the relocation of the 1908 Olympics, which had been scheduled to take place in Naples, and the diversion of the Olympic funds to the reconstruction of the city. As in previous generations, the Neapolitan school of artists (who catered primarily to the tourist trade) recorded the eruption in their traditional medium of gouache and a naive style. The present work appears to have been purchased by one such tourist in that year and sent home to Britain.