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oil painting

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1915,0114.1

  • Description

    Portrait of John Turtle Wood (1805-1894), excavator of Ephesos, by Louisa Starr Canziani. Oil on wood; gilded frame.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 19thC(late)
  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36 centimetres (incl. frame)
    • Width: 29 centimetres (incl. frame)
    • Height: 27 centimetres (canvas)
    • Width: 19 centimetres (canvas)
  • Curator's comments

    In 1869 Wood, working on behalf of the British Museum, discovered the site of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. An architect, he was in 1858 appointed to the Smyrna and Aidin Railway in western Turkey, designing stations. His great ambition was to discover the site of the temple which had disappeared during the Middle Ages. He therefore resigned his appointment in 1863, the Museum having arranged a permit from the Ottomans and offered expenses in return for antiquities. Excavations continued until 1874. The temple was a sad ruin but some sculptures, including a column base, were sent to Bloomsbury. The artist, the assertive Louisa Starr Canziani, was the first woman to enter the Royal Academy schools for many years and the first to be awarded one of the Academy’s medals. Born Louisa Starr, in 1882 she married the donor of this portrait, her cousin Chavalier Enrico Canziani (1848-1931).

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1915

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1915,0114.1

Portrait of John Turtle Wood (1805-1894), excavator of Ephesos, by Mme Louisa Starr Canziani. Oil on wood; gilded frame.

Portrait of John Turtle Wood (1805-1894), excavator of Ephesos, by Mme Louisa Starr Canziani. Oil on wood; gilded frame.

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