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Krakatoa sunsets, 1883 artworks

Krakatoa sunsets. Artwork of the spectacular red and orange sunsets caused in London, England, by the August 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, a volcano thousands of kilometres away in Indonesia. The ash thrown up by the eruption caused sunsets like these for years afterwards. These three artworks are a sequence, showing twilight and afterglow effects at Chelsea, London, on 26 November 1883, at around: 4.40pm (top); 5pm (middle); and 6.15pm (bottom). These are among the thousands of sunset sketches made by the British artist William Ashcroft. Krakatoas eruption prompted many reports and investigations. These artworks formed the frontispiece for The Report of the Krakatoa Committee of the Royal Society (1888)

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This print showcases the mesmerizing Krakatoa sunsets of 1883, a series of artworks that immortalize the breathtaking red and orange hues that graced the skies of London, England. The eruption of Krakatoa, a volcano located thousands of kilometers away in Indonesia, unleashed ash into the atmosphere, resulting in these awe-inspiring sunsets for years to come. Created by British artist William Ashcroft, this trio of paintings captures the enchanting twilight and afterglow effects at Chelsea on November 26th, 1883. The top artwork depicts the scene around 4:40 pm, followed by the middle piece showcasing approximately 5 pm and finally concluding with the bottom painting portraying 6:15 pm. These stunning illustrations were chosen as the frontispiece for The Report of the Krakatoa Committee of the Royal Society (1888), reflecting their significance in documenting this natural phenomenon. The eruption prompted extensive reports and investigations worldwide due to its unprecedented impact on meteorological conditions. As part of his artistic endeavors, Ashcroft meticulously sketched numerous sunset scenes like these during this period. This particular collection not only offers a glimpse into history but also serves as an invaluable resource for understanding volcanic activity's influence on our planet's weather patterns. With its rich colors and meticulous detail, this artwork transports us back to a significant moment in Earth's geological history while highlighting humanity's fascination with nature's wonders. It stands as a testament to both scientific exploration and artistic expression—an exquisite fusion captured within each brushstroke by William Ashcroft over a century ago.

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