James Stephanoff, An Assemblage of Works of Art, from the Earliest Period to the Time of Phydias, a watercolour

The son of a Russian stage designer who settled in London, Stephanoff (1788-1874) became the official 'Historical Painter in Watercolours' to King William IV (reigned 1830-37). Between 1817 and 1845 he exhibited at the Old Watercolour Society six highly detailed paintings, the subjects of which were inspired by the collections in the British Museum.

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