Mount Aetna, View taken from Taormina, Sicily, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 34
When the volcano is at rest, the great central crater of Aetna emits only smoke. When it is active, discharges take place, . . . consisting of smoke, sulphurous steam, flames, ashes, sand, cinders, vollies of stone and red hot rocks, and rivers of melted lava, attended by lightnings, thunder, and earthquakes. . . . The scene from which the artist took this picture, is considered one of the finest in the world. In the distance rises Mount Aetna, clad in snows, which the fires of the volcano never entirely dissolve. Its height is about eleven hundred feet above the Mediterranean, which on the left of the picture, is seen to indent the eastern coast of Sicily. In the middle distance of the picture, forming part of the vast base of Aetna, is a varied country, broken yet fertile, and interspersed with villages, olive groves and vineyards. Crowning a hill on the right of the picture, may be seen part of the village of Taormina, anciently a city of consequence, and now interesting to the traveller from the numerous remains of Grecian and Roman antiquity which still exist. In the foreground of the picture, are the ruins of the ancient theatre of Taormina; one of the most remarkable remains of antiquity. This theatre was built by the Greeks. . . . The time is soon after sunrise. [Pp. 19-21.]
Catalogue of Paintings, now exhibiting in Wadsworth Gallery, Hartford. Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood & Company. 1863.