Etching. Sheet size: 300 x 380mm (11¾ x 15"). Trimmed inside platemark. Small hole in lower right corner, slight crease at top.
A scene in rural Sicily showing two figures being transported in a 'Lettiga' or carriage, which is attached to a stretcher and carried by two horses. It is led by a man at the front, another with a gun to the side, and a man on horse back at the rear. This would suggest that those being transported are of great importance or wealth. A mountainous landscape can be seen in the distance. In antiquity, the 'Lettiga' was a portable bed, often richly decorated, supported on the shoulders or arms, or pulled by horses, used for the transportation of elderly or sick people in the Roman Empire but also, in later centuries, people of high social position. Arthur John Strutt (1819 - 1888) was an English painter, engraver, writer, traveller and archeologist. He was the son of the landscape painter Jacob George Strutt (1790 -1864) and the writer and traveller Elizabeth Strutt. In 1841 he travelled on foot through central and southern Italy and in Sicily. An account of this journey is given in 'A Pedestrian Tour in Calabria & Sicily' published by him in London, in 1842.
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