[The inside of the Pantheon in Oxford Road.]
R Sayer, Excd., Publish'd Augst, 15, 1772.
Mezzotint, scratched letter proof before title, 470 x 560mm. 18½ x 22". Trimmed to plate. Diagonal crease through centre of image. Some scuffs and scrapes to the mezzotint surface.
A group of men and women stand conversing amongst tall marble pillars, inside a richly decorated hall. In the background are more open rooms and several figures, with statues set within niches along the walls. A slightly satirical take on fashionable 18th century London society. The Pantheon was a place of public entertainment on the south side of Oxford Street, designed by James Wyatt. It opened in 1772, when the main rotunda was one of the largest rooms in England. Originally built as a set of winter assembly rooms, it was later briefly converted into a theatre. Before being demolished in 1937, it was a bazaar and a wine merchant's show room for over a hundred years. After Michel Vincent Brandoin (1733 - 1790), known as Charles Brandoin, a Swiss painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, and caricaturist working in London.
Wessely: 100, I. Chaloner Smith: 45. BM Satires: 5091.
[Ref: 12142] £750.00