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Theatre Dionysus Athens James Stuart engraving antiquities

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Theatre of Dionysus, Athens


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Original antique print


Depicts Nicholas Revett dressed in Oriental garb studying the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens in preparation for the celebrated folio volume 'The Antiquities of Athens' 1762-1816. James 'Athenian' Stuart was an English architect, archaeologist, and painter. After working his way to Rome in 1742, Stuart accompanied Nicholas Revett on an excavation in Naples. In 1751 they travelled to Athens on an expedition organized and funded by the Society of Dilettanti of London. In Athens they made accurate measurements and drawings of the ancient Greek ruins there, particularly those of the Acropolis, and published their findings in The Antiquities of Athens, the first volume of which appeared in 1762. Its excellent illustrations depicted for the first time the architectural achievements of ancient Greece. The work soon became a source book on ancient Greek architecture and acted as an important influence in the 'Greek revival' of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Very faint crease below image. Small area of weakness in paper.

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artist After James Stuart (1713-88)
method Copper-line engraving
date 1787
size 340mm by 455mm (platemark)
SKU CL4231