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Studies & Designs: View of a ruined Building with a Spire seen above the Remains of a Wall
The Trustees of the British Museum
John Whessell (c.1760-1806) after Wilson
Studies & Designs: View of a ruined Building with a Spire seen above the Remains of a Wall
Published 1811
Soft-ground etching, etching
155 x 209 mm
6 1/8 x 8 1/4 in.
1863,1114.253
E60/11
View of a ruined building with a spire seen above the remains of a wall, visible in the middle distance. Two figures rest amongst classical rubble in the left foreground before a portico - alll within an etched rectangular border.
Bought from Samuel & Sons, 1863
Lettered below the image 'Wilson del. | Whessell Sc'
The subject may be intended as an elegiac meditation on past architectural glories
D53/6 Studies and Designs done in Rome in the Year 1752, p. 6
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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 one is taken from p. 6 (D53/6). 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.
Archer 1811, p. 7
19/09/2017