Height: 282.000 mm
Width: 488.000 mm
Prints and Drawings
Paul Sandby, The Port of Aegina, an aquatint after William Pars
Published in London, England, AD 1777
An example of the new medium to copy watercolours
Aquatint was a new medium designed to reproduce
the appearance of wash and
This print is one of a set of eight views of Greece. Interest in classical Greece was growing, partly as a result of pioneering tours by antiquarians who took artists with them to record the remains that they saw. James Stuart and Nicholas Revett's Antiquities of Athens (first part 1762), was highly influential in promoting a belief in the superior antiquity and elegance of Greek architecture over Roman. It would be a long while before any but the most adventurous tourists travelled in Greece, but artists satisfied the curiosity of admirers of Homer's poetry and other classical literature, who wished to see the landscape of antiquity.
This print shows the capital of the island of Aegina, destroyed by earthquake in the reign of the Roman emperor, Tiberius.
J. Rowlands, Master drawings and watercolou (London, The British Museum Press, 1984)
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T. Clayton, The English print, 1688-1802 (New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1997)