A View of Marcellus's Theatre at Rome.
Published 12th May 1794 by Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, London. Publish'd according to act of Parliament.
Copper engraving with hand-colouring, platemark 280 x 430mm (11 x 17"). Tear extending into image on left. Slight foxing.
The ancient theatre of Marcellusin Rome. Named after Marcus Marcellus, Augustus' nephew, who died five years before the theatre was completed, it was formally inaugurated in 12BC by Augustus. Engraving purporting to be after G.B. Piranesi, although differing in many ways from Piranesi's print of the building. Piranesi's name may have been used to give the impression of greater authenticity. One of a series of views re-published by Laurie & Whittle in the 1790s.
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