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Fine Album of watercolours of Ancient cites of Athens, with cover title 'ANTIQUITES GRECQUES'.
[Greece, 1840s]. Oblong 8vo, album with 20 pencil, pen, and watercolour drawings in grey wash, bistre and highlighted with white (120 x 170 mm; sometimes a little smaller); evenly lightly browned, a few spots in the margins; brown half sheep overt black pebble-grained boards, front cover lettered in gilt; a little worn and rubbed - together with a larger (159 x 234 mm) architectural drawing in the same style and hand, mounted on board. A fine album of watercolours illustrating the main ancient sites of Athens a few years after Greek independence. The monuments are depicted in resplendent isolation before the inevitable encroachments of modernity and civilisation. The Odeon is here seen still engulfed in rubbish; weeds and plant life picturesquely decorate the crevices of the ruins; and lumps of masonry lie scattered over the sites before nineteenth century restorers slotted them back in place. Byron worship was still in the ascendant and this together with the accessibility of the country to tourist after Turkish rule made Athens a more practical attraction for the romantically inclined traveller. The upper cover is lettered 'Antiquites Grecques' which could indicate a French origin, but the quality of the album and the style of binding suggest the work may be Greek and made for the embryonic tourist trade. All the main antiquities are illustrated, or at least those that were visible before extensive excavations began. The views include the Acropolis, Parthenon, Erechtheio, Karyatides statues of the Erechtheion, Propylaea gallery, Nike temple, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Phil … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Pickering & Chatto [London, United Kingdom]
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