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Capitals of pilasters from the Temple of Apollo Didymaeus, near Miletus; broken off capitals, one seen from front resting on another from the side, with weeds growing amidst stones, two figures seated on top of capital. 1765
Watercolour and bodycolour, some pen and grey ink; made up of several small pieces of paper stuck together
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Height: 180 millimetres
Width: 210 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Engraved by William Woollett and James Basire for 'Ionian Antiquities', Vol I, Ch III (tail-piece).
See Mm, 11.63 for notes from L. Stainton, "British Landscape Watercolours:1600-1860" (BM, exh. cat., 1985) on Chandler and Revett's expedition to Greece and Asia Minor, 1764-66, which Pars accompanied as official draughtsman.
Chandler described the site of the temple of Apollo as follows: 'The memory of the pleasure which this spot afforded me will not be soon or easily erased. The columns yet entire are so exquisitely fine, the marble mass so vast and noble, that it is impossible perhaps to conceive greater beauty and majesty of ruin. At evening, a large flock of goats, returning to the fold, their bells tinkling, spread over the heap, climbing to browse on the shrubs and trees growing between the huge stones. The whole mass was illuminated by the declining sun with a variety of rich tints, and cast a very strong shade. [...] The picture was as delicious as striking' (R. Chandler, Travels in Asia Minor 1764-1765, edited and abridged by Edith Clay, with an appreciation of William Pars by Andrew Wilton, 1971, pp.101-102).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1971 Jul-Oct, BM, Classical Sites and Monuments, no.46
1994 Aug-Nov, Edinburgh, Scottish NPG, Visions of the Ottoman Empire (no cat.)
2021, 24 Mar-5 Sept, London, Sir John Soane's Museum, In Search of Ionia
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Associated Title: Ionian Antiquities
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- Acquisition notes
- A note in the register states that this drawing was sold in the Baker sale, lot 844, where it was purchased by Thane for William Esdaile. It was a drawing that belonged with the series by Pars given to the BM by the Society of Dilettanti.
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