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Studies & Designs: Entrance at Herculanium
The Trustees of the British Museum
John Whessell (c.1760-1806) after Wilson
Studies & Designs: Entrance at Herculanium
Published 1811
Soft-ground etching, with etching
227 x 173 mm
8 15/16 x 6 13/16 in.
View looking up a steep narrow staircase with figures on the steps, including two at the bottom in the foreground, with an archway and more steps seen to the right - all within an etched rectangular border
Bought from Samuel & Sons, 1863
Lettered below the image: 'Wilson delt | Entrance of HERCULANIUM | Whessell Sc.'
D53/78 Studies and Designs done in Rome in the Year 1752, p. 78, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
From a set of small soft-ground etchings by Whessell at the British Museum ( E60/1- E60/44). These were made after Wilson's drawings in the sketchbook of the same title at the Victoria & Albert Museum (D53-D53/81). The present print is taken from p. 78 (D53/78). In 1811 the etchings were published by the Oxford-based publisher, Robert Archer in more than one format - this one with an introduction and list of subscribers.