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Ruins of the great temple at Selinus; fragments of columns heaped together, with two figures seated on remains
Pen and grey and brown ink and watercolour, over graphite
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Height: 230 millimetres
Width: 376 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- One of the watercolours made by Hearne to illustrate Richard Payne Knight's Sicilian tour of 1777. Hearne's watercolours were based on drawings made by Jakob Philipp Hackert and Charles Gore, who travelled with Payne Knight, and they were probably intended to illustrate a published account of the expedition which did not materialise.
According to Clarke & Penny, the broken capital in the foreground appears in other drawings by Hearne (Oo.4-12) and Gore (Oo.4-11), and was probably introduced into the scene as a picturesque device. See: M. Clarke and N. Penny, 'The Arrogant Connoisseur: Richard Payne Knight 1751-1824', 1982, no. 101, and Claudia Stumpf, `Richard Payne Knight, Expedition into Sicily', London, 1986.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1982 Jan-Apr, Mancehster, Whitworth AG, 'Payne Knight', no. 101
1991/2 Nov-Feb, Munich, Neue Pinakothek, 'von Dillis', no. A10
1992 Mar-May, Dresden, Galerie Neue Meister, 'von Dillis', no. A10
2016 April-July, BM, 'Drawn to Sicily: early British exploration of the classical world'.
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