Plan of the Antiquities of Athens as Surveyed by J. Stuart. 1752.
[London: Elizabeth Stuart, 1794.]
Engraved map. 535 x 700mm, 21 x 27½". Small margins.
Map of Athens showing the classical buildings surveyed made by James 'Athenian' Stuart and published in the 'Antiquities of Athens and Other Monuments of Greece' by Stuart & Nicholas Revett. To Stuart's dismay the local authorities would not allow him to survey the Acropolis because of an outbreak of plague. Stuart (1713–88) and Revett (1720–1804) joined Gavin Hamillton and Matthew Brettingham on a Grand Tour of Italy, the Balkans & Greece between 1748-55. On their return they started work on the 'Antiquities', which was the first accurate survey of the surviving classical buildings of Athens, with the first volume published in 1762, the second 1789, third 1794, fourth 1816 and fifth 1830 (nearly 80 years after the first). The work was incredibly influential, fueling the Greek revivalist style in 18th-century English architecture. The attention to detail was such that it attracted the attention of Hogarth, who satirised the work with his 'Five Orders of Periwig'. This map was published in Volume 4; the general map of Attica in the same volume was signed by Arrowsmith.
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