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View of a ruined Building with a Spire seen above the Remains of a Wall
National Museum Wales, Cardiff
John Whessell (c.1760-1806) after Wilson
View of a ruined Building with a Spire seen above the Remains of a Wall
Published 1811
Soft-ground etching on India laid paper
105 x 155 mm
4 1/8 x 6 1/16 in.
NMW A 10976
E60/11A
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.
Thomas Henry Thomas Bequest, 1916
Lettered below the image 'Wilson del. | Whessell Sc'
[1] Lower centre, pencil: 7
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, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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From a set of small soft-ground etchings by Whessell made after Wilson's drawings in a sketchbook 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.
16.182
Archer 1811, p. 7
Proof state
19/09/2017