Inscribed bottom left: Vue de l'Eruption / du mont Vesuve du 14 / may 1771 peinte Sur le / lieu par le Che Volaire.
46 × 95 5/8 in. (116.8 × 242.9 cm)
Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection
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Peter Björn Kerber, Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe, exh. cat. (J. P. Getty Museum, 2017), p. 156, fig. 178, 158-159, 219, 242.
Detroit Institute of Arts and Art Institute of Chicago, “The Golden Age of Naples: Art and Civilization under the Bourbons, 1734–1805,” 11 August–1 November 1981, 16 January–8 March 1982, no. 76.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, “Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe,” from May 9-July 30, 2017; traveled to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota from September 10-December 31, 2017, finally at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio from February 25-May 20, 2018, fig. 178.
London art market [according to 1981 letter from Ingvar Bergström in curatorial file]. Gunnar Trägårdh, Gothenburg, Sweden [according to Bergström letter cited above]. Sold by Trägårdh to Dr. Sven Langert, Gothenburg, Sweden, in the 1930s; sold by his wife, Majken Langert, Christie’s, London, 26 November 1971, no. 85, to Ray Perman acting on behalf of Cyril Humphris and Herner Wengraf, London [according to Bergström letter cited above]. Sold Sotheby’s, London, 19 April 1978, no. 156 (ill.), to P. and D. Colnaghi and Co., London [letter from Magdalen Elwes, Colnaghi, 7 September 1983, in curatorial file]; sold by Colnaghi to Richard L. Feigen and Co., New York, 1978 [letter from Elaine Banks, Feigen, 6 October 1983, in curatorial file]; sold to the Art Institute, 1978.
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