The Younger Pliny Reproved.We went out into a small court belonging to the house which separated the sea from the buildings. As I was at that time But eighteen years of age, I know not whether I should call my behaviour in this dangerous juncture courage or rashness [...].
London. Published Jan.y, 20th 1791 by Tho.s Macklin, Poets Gallery, Fleet Street.
Rare aquatint. Printed in colour. Platemark: 410 x 480mm (16 x 19"). Publication line faded.
A scene in a courtyard by the sea at the home of Pliny the Elder. Lawyer, author, and magistrate of Ancient Rome, Pliny the Younger (61 – c. 113), aged 18, sits by his mother, writing his account of the eruption of Versuvius, which can be seen through the arch in the distance to the left. The elder Pliny was an official in the Roman Court, in charge of the fleet in the area of the Bay of Naples who died attempting to rescue victims of the disaster.
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