The view before us, is looking east. the sun is rising behind Vesuvius, from which a curling smoke ascends up the cerulean arch of heaven. . . . Vesuvius terminates in two cones, one now an active volcano; the other, long since extinguished, is known by the name of somma; . . . The crater is about three miles in circumference and three hundred feet deep, from the bottom of which rises a smaller cone, pouring forth constantly a stream of lava . . . Such was its appearance in 1829, when this painting was made. The first habitation in descending, is the Hermitage, where a few monks furnish travelers with refreshments. Below this, vineyards and villas enliven the scene down to Pompeii, the most distant object in the picture. Next on the coast, is Castel-a-mare, the ancient stabiae, . . . Portici is seen on this side, and stands on the ruins of Herculaneum. . . . [Pp. 6-7.]
Descriptive Catalogue of Paintings in the Gallery of Daniel Pratt, Prattville, Alabama. Together with a Memoir of George Cooke, Artist. Prattville: Howell & Luckett, Printers. 1853.