Eruption of Vesuvius, August 8, 1779

Printmaker Louis Boily French
after Pierre Jacques Volaire French

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This print, etched by Louis Boily after a work by Pierre Jacques Volaire, was made as an illustration to Michele Torcia’s Relazione dell’ultima eruzione des Vesuvio accaduta nel mese di Agosto di quest’anno 1779, published in Naples in 1779. From a family of printmakers, Boily was born in Paris in 1735 and studied with Simon Lempereur. He lived in Naples from about 1766 to 1789 where he would have known Volaire, a successful painter who met the demand of visitors on the Grand Tour who wanted views of Naples, especially dramatic views of Vesuvius erupting.

Eruption of Vesuvius, August 8, 1779, Louis Boily (French, born 1735), Etching

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