St Mary’s Church, Folkestone, Kent, England
Etched by Francesco Piranesi
Additional Makers: Hand-coloured by - Louis Jean Desprez (French, 1743-1804)
Trained as a stage designer and architect, Desprez was a talented watercolorist. He collaborated with Francesco Piranesi—the son of the more celebrated printmaker Giovanni Piranesi (1720–1778)—by drawing views of Naples, Rome, and Pompeii that Piranesi etched. Desprez then completed the prints with watercolor. The scene of tourists enjoying the ruins at Pompeii demonstrates how interest in antiquity had been augmented by the archaeological excavations at Herculaneum (1737) and Pompeii (1748). The discovery of homes, furnishings, and personal artifacts revealed the domestic aspects of ancient life.
Inscription: signed in black ink on decorative margin, lower margin:Desprez
Medium: etching, hand-colored with watercolor
Dimensions: Sheet: 47.7 x 69.6 cm (18 3/4 x 27 3/8 in.); Secondary Support: 59.2 x 81.3 cm (23 5/16 x 32 in.)
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Accesion Number: 2001.19
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