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"Tombs of Racine and Moliere"; view of three decorative tombs surrounded by extensive foliage and trees. 1818
Pen and ink over graphite
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Height: 291 millimetres
Width: 447 millimetres
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- For more information see the comment for 2014,7022.1.
This drawing was made on the return journey from Greece to England. Williams probably reached Paris around late September 1818. (See Joe Rock's website: http://sites.google.com/site/ hughwilliamwilliams which includes information from his PhD thesis on Williams and his article 'Hugh William Williams ('Grecian Williams') 1773-1829', Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, n.s., 5 (2002), 83-91.)
The tomb on the far right in the distance is Moliere's and is in Pere Lachaise Cemetary in Paris.
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- These drawings came from an album of around 120 drawings, known as the De La Hanty album because it contained the bookplate of Baron Dr. De la Hanty. This is presumably Baron Dr. Cornelius Ver Heydon de Lancy [1889-1984] who married Josephine De la Hanty just prior to World War II. The album was probably sold in his sale on 17 June 1987, where it may have been purchased by Stephen Somerville but we have not been able to confirm this. It was then exhibited by Somerville in 1988 and largely broken up.
This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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