The Antiquities Of Magna Graecia. By William Wilkins, Jun. M.A. F.A.S. Fellow Of Gonville And Caius College, Cambridge.
RA Collection: Book
Most plates carry the publishers' imprint of Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme (or Longman & Rees [pl. 4:2, 5:1], or Longman, Hurst, Rees [pl. 4:11]), and the date.
The work is dedicated by William Wilkins to Francis Rawdon Hastings, Earl of Moira [afterwards 1st marquess of Hastings].
On Wilkins see R.W. Liscombe, William Wilkins 1778-1839 (1980); C. Sicca, C. Harpum and E. Powell, Committed to classicism: the building of Downing College, Cambridge (1987); D. Watkin, The triumph of the classical: Cambridge architecture 1804-1834 (1977). Studies of the Greek Revival are J.M. Crook, The Greek Revival (rev. 1995); J. Raspi Serra, Paestum idea e immagine: antologia ... 1750-1836 (1990); Paestum and the Doric Revival [exhibition catalogue] (1986); D. Constantine, Early Greek travellers and the Hellenic ideal (1984); D. Wiebenson, Sources of Greek Revival architecture (1969).
The six chapters are headed, 1. Sicily; 2. Syracuse; 3. Agrigentum; 4. Selinus; 5. Ægesta [sc. Segesta]; 6. Posidonia, Or Paestum. The Appendix refers to temples in Greece - at Olympia and Bassae.
The plates show views, maps, plans, elevations, sections and architectural details of temples. The views are aquatints.
Wilkins had travelled in Greece and southern Italy from 1801 to 1803. While preparing this book he made designs in Greek Revival style for the projected Downing College at Cambridge, and for Haileybury School. His most celebrated later works were the University College (1825-32) and combined National Gallery and Royal Academy (1838), in London. In 1826 he was elected a Royal Academician, and from 1837 to 1839 served as the Academy's Professor of Architecture.
Art history - Views - Maps - Plans - Elevations - Sections - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Aquatints - Great Britain - 19th century
Wilson Lowry, engraver
William Wilkins RA, draughtsman
Thomas Medland, engraver
John Roffe, engraver
Samuel Porter, engraver
Joseph Jeakes, engraver
William Angus, engraver
James Caldwall, engraver
Francis Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings, dedicatee
William Henry Smith, binder
Cambridge University Press, printer
Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme, publisher