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Ruins of the Temple of Apollo Didymaeus; marble fragments scattered among bushes, in distant left three standing columns, in left foreground figure and ass. 1765
Pen and black ink and watercolour, with gum arabic
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Height: 299 millimetres
Width: 475 millimetres
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- Engraved by William Byrne for 'Ionian Antiquities', Vol I, 1769, Ch III, pl 2*.
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 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).
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Associated Title: Ionian Antiquities
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