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- Series: Views between Rome and Naples dedicated to Thomas Henshaw
Titleplate: putto holding a tablet with dedication to Thomas Henshaw in front of a Roman triumphal arch. 1649
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Height: 109 millimetres
Width: 145 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- (Text from Antony Griffiths, 'The Print in Stuart Britain', BM 1998, cat.80)
This set of six plates was etched between August and December 1649 after Evelyn had emigrated to Paris, and was published by his secretary Richard Hoare (the only time he ever turned publisher). The subjects were taken from drawings that Evelyn had made on an excursion south from Rome to Naples and its surrounds when on his grand tour in Italy between 28 January and 11 February 1645 (the drawing for plate 6 is in the British Museum). He had been accompanied on the journey by his friend Thomas Henshaw, and it is to Henshaw that he dedicated the set. Henshaw later joined Evelyn as an early member of the Royal Society.
Although Evelyn's Diary never mentions any of his prints, he does record on 20 June 1649, 'I went to Puttny and other places on the Thames to take prospects in crayon, to carry into France, where I thought to have them engraved'. These were never made, nor do the drawings survive, but they do testify to his concern for making sets of topographical prints. In Sculptura he made a specific plea that 'such as exceed in the talent, would entertain us with more landskips, and views of the environs, approaches and prospects of our nobly situated Metropolis, Greenwich, Windsor and other parts upon the goodly Thames; and in which (as we said) Mr Hollar has so worthily merited, and other countries abound with, to the immense refreshment of the curious, and honour of the industrious artist' (pp.100-1). It seems that having begun with ideal landscapes in his first set, he had decided to progress to a topographical series as being of more public interest and utility.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2000, 'A Noble Art: Amateur artists and drawing masters, 1600-1800', BM, no. 4
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- Acquisition notes
- The album was purchased by the Museum for 10 gs.
Other prints remain in the album (190* a.1)
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