The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 3318

From door of "Casa Inglese" W. [west]

Object details

Alternate titles

View of Mount Etna from the door of the Casa Inglese

Image size: h 17.0cm x w 21.9cm

Object Type: Paper Negative-Camera

Inscription: in pencil, 462; title inscribed in ink

Matilda Talbot 1934

Owner: National Science and Media Museum

Object owner number: 1937-2170

Collection: Science Museum Collection

This object is part of Schaaf no. 3318

From door of "Casa Inglese" W. [west]

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.