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The fortress at Anemurium, with figures and camels in the foreground
Graphite on a sheet of paper watermarked: 'ASHBY & Co 1811'
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Height: 202 millimetres
Width: 325 millimetres
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- Samuel Pepys Cockerell (ed.), 'Travels in Southern Europe and the Levant, 1810-1817. The Journal of C. R. Cockerell, R.A.' (1903, Reprinted 1999), p.182:
""...(23rd) anchored opposite a small castle on a low rock by the sea. Next day, as we were allowed, we went all over the castle. It appears to be of Saracen origin, and according to an inscription to have been conquered by the Turk Aladin. A remarkable thing about it is that it has a keep like those one sees in England. It is all in ruins; such guns as it has are lying about dismounted...25th May... to see the ancient town. On the point is a fortress and citadel. Outside of that a second wall includes a theatre and an odeum, the seats of which are all gone. There are no traces of dwellings within the walls, so that one must suppose the inhabitants to have lived in mud or timber houses, for outside the walls there is the most perfect necropolis I ever saw. Each tomb has two apartments, and all, except for their having been broken open, are as fresh as if just built...Nothing could be more picturesque than the scene when we reached the shore. At the foot of the precipice of Anemurium he [the bey] was seated on a small carpet spread on the rock, surrounded by about a hundred dark, savage-looking men all heavily armed. They were clearly as pleased to look at us as we were to see the barbarians of the interior. The gloomy evening cast a grave air over the wild crags and the savage figures, while the sea broke in heavy waves at the foot of the rock on which Abdul Muim sat. The manner with which the bey received us was free and polite. He told us the history of the country about us, and of the castle in particular. He was very much pressed to come aboard, but he would not be tempted. Instead of that, he contented himself with inquiring the length of the ship and sat looking at her with a pocket telescope for several hours..."
C. A. Hutton, 'A Collection of Sketches by C. R. Cockerell, R. A.', JHS 29 (1909), pp. 53-59.
F. Beaufort, 'Karamania, or a Brief Description of the South Coast of Asia Minor and the remains of Antiquity', (London 1817) has many engravings that appear to be based on Cockerell's drawings, even if Beaufort's name is given as draughtsman.
David Watkin, 'The Life and Work of C. R. Cockerell', (London 1974).
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