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Drawing from an album of drawings of antiquities, formerly belonging to Edward Dodwell; terracotta doll, and four heads from terracotta figures
Verso: terracotta figure
Pen and ink, graphite and watercolour on four pieces of paper stuck down onto a sheet of paper. Volume tooled in gold on spine "ORIGINAL DRAWINGS OF GREEK ANTIQUITIES. / DODWELL. / DEPT. OF G. & R. ANTIQUITIES."
- Production date
- 1805-1806 (circa)
Height: 235 millimetres (album cover)
Thickness: 41 millimetres (album cover)
Width: 200 millimetres (album cover)
- Curator's comments
- The album (2012,0519.1.1-86) consists of 86 sheets of drawings of antiquities, several of which were found or purchased by Edward Dodwell. It is bound in brown leather and tooled in gold on spine "ORIGINAL DRAWINGS OF GREEK ANTIQUITIES. / DODWELL. / DEPT. OF G. & R. ANTIQUITIES.". Inside is the bookplate of Edward Dodwell, and inscribed in graphite: "80 pp. containing over 200 drawings of Greek antiquities by E. Dodwell & others" and in another hand on the following page: "Orig. Drawings by Dodwell for his work on Greek Vases".
The doll was found by Dodwell in a tomb in Athens. It is engraved in Edward Dodwell, 'A Classical and Topographical Tour through Greece, during the years 1801, 1805, and 1806', (London, 1819), Vol. 1, p.439, and mentioned on p.438: ‘...We found in one [tomb] a singular little terra cotta figure, with moveable legs and arms, which were put in motion by means of a string, similar to the harlequin figures, called pantins or marionettes, which are at present made for the amusement of children [note 6 ' The arms and legs of this figure were not found in the tomb, but the perforations by which they were attached to the body were visible. A figure similar to this in every respect, was found some years ago in a sepulchre, with its legs and arms remaining; it is in the collection of Mr. Millingen.’
The terracotta figure on the verso was found in a tomb in Piraeus, possibly by Dodwell. It is engraved and mentioned in Vol. 1, p. 458: '...Toy vases, or playthings for children, as has been already observed, frequently occur in the tombs of infants. The following terra cotta is amongst those found at Piraeus.'
'...Near the port of Zea on the northern side of the Piraeus, are the remains of walls and two round towers...These towers were separated by a gate which probably constituted the entrance to the great cemeter, or Nekropolis of the Piraeus, which extends a considerable way towards Mount Aigaleos, in a northern direction. At the northern extremity of the burying-ground is a low rocky hill covered with sepulchres, which are concealed by the soil and weeds; and where some broken sarcophagi are found...The Nekropolis is a continued rock which is nearly flat, and covered with small bushes, and stunted grass. The sepulchres are not visible, as they are all of the υπογαια kind, or under ground. The τραπεζα, or cover, of each tomb, consists of a large block of stone, about a foot in thickness...The Piraean tombs are easily opened; and although they are so much concealed by weeds and bushes as to be invisible, their quantity facilitates their discovery. The development is performed by first breaking the trapeza, or cover, with a large hammer, and then overturning it with a stong pole, as a lever. The tombs are cut in the rock, and their common depth is four or five feet. They are filled with a fine loose earth, which has been a subsequent introduction, rather than an original deposit. Some of these sepulchres in a state of superior preservation were opened in my presence; and they contained earth not more than a foot in depth. The first day I empolyed ten men, who, in the course of nine hours, opened thirty in a day.The common calculation is, that two men can open four in a day...' Vol. I, p.431-432
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Officer's Reports 30 March 1962
- Greek and Roman
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