Fire in Rome (1774)

Image: Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797). Pen and wash on toned yellow paper.

Image from: Derby Museum & Art Gallery

Originally called Fire in Rome, this image is probably one of Wright’s drawings of the Girandola firework displays. The content of the image closely resembles Girandola from the Castel Sant’ Angelo (1774). From a distance the fireworks would resemble a fire. The vantage point is a high point, close to the place where Wright stayed on the Trinita de Monti.


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