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Ruins of Agrigentum from the road below the modern city; open country, with the sea right and the ruins of Agrigentum at some distance scattered about the low hills on which are the temples, two horsemen and a man on foot on a road which leads down among trees from the left foreground
Watercolour, with grey ink, over graphite
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Height: 272 millimetres
Width: 434 millimetres
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- 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 Milner, the three figures in the drawing may represent Payne Knight, Hackert and Gore.
See Barbara Milner, 'Thomas Hearne, 1744-1817: A catalogue of his watercolours and drawings in the British Museum', unpublished typescript (MA report for Courtauld Institute), 1983, no. 20; and Claudia Stumpf, `Richard Payne Knight, Expedition into Sicily', London, 1986.
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