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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1874,0314.219

  • Description

    Roman bath, a drawing of a Roman bath in Strand Lane, on the E. side of the Lane. 1841 Watercolour over graphite, with touches of white.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1841
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 242 millimetres
    • Width: 341 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed and dated "J.W.A., 1841"
        Inscribed on mount: "Roman Bath, Strand Lane. Discovered 1841. Drawn 1 1841"
  • Curator's comments

    Portfolio I - Drawings in water colours of buildings and antiquities in London by J.W. Archer - Roman remains, the old wall of London. For the entire series of Archer drawings of London, see registration numbers 1874,0314.1* to 479, which includes mounted drawings and 17 portfolios of drawings (currently stored offsite).
    For a complete list of the drawings see Binyon, vol. I, pp. 34-61; there is also a manuscript catalogue in P&D Library, pressmark Ee.6.18 and finding list at Cc.4.14.
    Professor Michael Trapp of King's College London (communication 17 June 2011) notes: '"Discovered 1841" is misleading. 1841 is the year in which Archer visited
    the bath in the company of the journalist John Saunders; the results of the
    visit (a long description by Saunders and an engraving of Archer's sketch)
    were published in Vol. II of Charles Knight's 'London' (1842), pp. 165-7.
    By this time the bath had been open to the public for at least sixty-five
    years (the earliest surviving advertisement dates from 1776), though
    apparently only described as 'Roman' since the 1830s.'

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  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 1898-1907 I (17) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (BH/FF10/British PVI)

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1874

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1874,0314.219

Roman bath, a drawing of a Roman bath discovered in Strand Lane in 1841, on the E. side of the Lane. 1841 Watercolour over graphite, with touches of white.

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Roman bath, a drawing of a Roman bath discovered in Strand Lane in 1841, on the E. side of the Lane. 1841 Watercolour over graphite, with touches of white.

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