The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 3290

The Casa Inglese, Etna

Object details

Image size: h 16.6cm x w 21.8cm

Object Type: Paper Negative-Camera

Inscription: 459 pencil verso; ink title & sig

Matilda Talbot 1934

Owner: National Science and Media Museum

Object owner number: 1937-2140

Collection: Science Museum Collection

Supporting images

This object is part of Schaaf no. 3290

The Casa Inglese, Etna

Location: Sicily

Keywords: Italy Volcano

Built in 1806 by the Italian geologist, Mario Gemmellaro (1773-1839). Originally intended as a volcanic observatory at the foot of Mount Etna, it was later enlarged by Lieutenant General Sir Rufane Shaw Donkin (1772-1841), quartermaster-general in Sicily.  Later it became known as the "Casa Inglese" (English House) and was damaged in an earthquake in 1858.  It survived in some form until 1971 and was only finally completely buried by a volcanic eruption in 2001.