The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné


Object within Schaaf no. 3325

60. Etna, Casa Inglese

Object details

Alternate titles

Two men and a woman seated outside the Casa Inglese, Mount Etna

Image size: h 17.3cm x w 22.4cm

Paper size: h 18.5cm x w 22.7cm

Object Type: Salted Paper Print

Inscription: negative inscribed, 60. Etna, Casa Inglese

Watermark: J Whatman 1846

Kath Burnett Brown purchase 23.5.1967

Owner: Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History

Object owner number: 67.172.52

Collection: Photographic History Collection

This object is part of Schaaf no. 3325

60. Etna, Casa Inglese

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.

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