[The Arch of Hadrian.]
[London: Elizabeth Stuart, 1794.] [&] Published as the act direct. [&] Pub.d as the Act directs April 3 1792.
Three engravings with large margins. 330 x 455mm, 13 x 18"; 395 x 300mm, 15¼ x 12"; & 400 x 300mm, 15¾ x 11¾".
A view and elevations of the front and sides of the Arch of Hadrian, south east of the Acropolis in Athens, published in the 'Antiquities of Athens and Other Monuments of Greece' by James 'Athenian' Stuart & Nicholas Revett. The view shows the existing remains, with a family of shepherds; the elevations show it as it would have been complete, although not guessing what statuary would be used. 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'.
Stuart's gouache of the Arch is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, RIBA Library Drawings Collection, SD145/9.
[Ref: 26791] £390.00