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View of the exterior of the cave, the 'Ear of Dionysius' at Syracuse; three figures standing at the entrance, foliage hanging above. 1777
Watercolour, over graphite
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- 1777 (Hackert's drawing)
Height: 443 millimetres
Width: 275 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- According to W.H. Carpenter's 1845 MS catalogue of the Payne Knight drawings, this was 'begun by Hackert and finished by Hearne'. According to Clarke & Penny, there is a sepia drawing of the same view by Hackert in Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Hackert no. 229 (see: M. Clarke and N. Penny, 'The Arrogant Connoisseur: Richard Payne Knight 1751-1824', 1982, no.109).
Literature: Nordhoff and Reimer, 1994, cat.no 1209, and Thomas Hearne, Binyon 23.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1994 Jun-Jul, Hereford AG, The Picturesque Landscape...(no cat.)
1994 Jul-Sept, Nottingham University AG, The Picturesque Landscape...(no cat.)
2016 April-July, BM, 'Drawn to Sicily: early British exploration of the classical world'.
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