[View of the Bridge over the Ilissus River connecting the Panathenaic Stadium with the city of Athens. ]
Published Jan.y 30th 1791 by Eliz:th Stuart Leicesterfields.
Engraving with large margins on 3 sides. 350 x 490mm, 13¾ x 19".
A view of the bridge over the Ilissus, south-east of the Acropolis, published in the 'Antiquities of Athens and Other Monuments of Greece' by James 'Athenian' Stuart & Nicholas Revett. In the foreground are shepherds, two with musical instruments, a third with a pipe. The bridge led to the Panathenaic Stadium, now rebuilt and site of the first modern Olympic Games. 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 bridge is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, RIBA Library Drawings Collection, SD146/1.
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